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Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown| 46mins
Director: Nancy Fliesler | Producer: Nancy Fliesler
Focus Years: 2001 | Country: United States
Subject Tags: americas, community, psychology, relationships, transcendent vision, united states
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
People with mild intellectual disabilities stand on the cusp of "normal," aware that they don't quite "make the cut." Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown looks inside the hearts and minds of Marni and Kris Jamieson, a married couple living, loving, and working in New York City. Aware of their handicaps, they must come to terms with peoples' prejudices and their own frustrated ambitions. Their story, filmed by Marni's sister over a two-year period, counters saccharine portrayals of the mentally disabled as pitiable or cute. Instead, it reveals contrasting, sometimes irreverent perspectives, and raises questions about what "intelligence" really is.
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