We are over-the-moon excited to welcome back documentary filmmaker, Dan Habib!
Dan was with us several years ago discussing his film, Including Samuel. This year Dan will join us virtually to preview and discuss his new documentary Intelligent Lives.
The perception of intelligence is a powerful force in the systematic segregation, maltreatment, and unfulfilled potential of hundreds of millions of individuals with disabilities in the U.S. and worldwide. This film explores how the segregation of people with intellectual disabilities became the norm, why this segregation is slowly being dismantled, and how some people with intellectual disabilities are blazing a bold new path. The film project will explore these themes through personal stories along with a historical perspective on the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities, with narration from Academy Award-winning actor, Chris Cooper.
Dan is a filmmaker on disability-related topics at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. He is the creator of award-winning documentaries such as Including Samuel, Who Cares about Kelsey?, and others. Both Including Samuel and Who Cares about Kelsey? were aired on public televisions stations and they were both nominated for Emmy awards.
Before going to the University of New Hampshire, he was a photography editor of the Concord Monitor. His freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek and the New York Times. He has received numerous awards for his work. In 2014, he was appointed by President Barak Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Disabilities.
Dan and his wife, Betsy, call Concord, New Hampshire home. They live their with their sons Isiah and Samuel.
You can read more about Dan and his projects at this website: https://iod.unh.edu/person/habib/dan