The inspiring story of Jessica Cox, who was born without arms as a result of a birth defect but managed to learn to fly an airplane with her feet, Right Footed follows Jessica as she becomes a mentor for children and a disability rights advocate working in the USA and abroad.
If you want to get some perspective on the obstacles we face in life and feel more optimistic about humanity in general, probably well worth seeing. As my title said, I'm a pilot, so watching her choose to, and succeed at, getting her pilot's license , having no hands or arms, had special meanings to me. If you watch it and see that part note that about 75% of folks who start out to get their pilot,s license never complete it.
An amazing, inspiring, heartwarming film. Having thought it would be all focused on Jessica Cox's breakthrough as an aviator, I was unprepared for, and then blown away by, the moving account of her international advocacy and travels. She is a solid and articulate subject -- obviously -- but the storytelling and imagery were also "independently" superb (to borrow a term): great inside "gets" of scenes in Ethiopia, the Philippines, and Washington, D.C.
Jessica Cox’s motivation is contagious! This is a must-see DVD for any audience, especially families, pilots and even those who don’t like flying. After viewing Jessica’s story, you will never again view yours or anybody’s challenge in the same way. Her humor and can-do attitude have raised the bar! Born without arms, she “found” a way to do normal things and now mentors others at home and around the world.
In a world where so many people try to make everyone equal, it's nice to see someone who is different and uses that difference as a tool to make lives better. Jessica Cox, born without arms, doesn't demand that the world be made easy for her, she simply requires the world to get out of the way and not try to place limits on her. She flies a factory-standard Ercoupe, with no special modifications. In the DVD, we see her competing in martial arts events, without asking for any consideration of her difference. And she uses that difference to inspire others and as an activist for the rights of people who don't have it as good as she does.
This DVD is not "inspiration porn." She doesn't treat what she does as some kind of "ain't-I-great?" boast, overcoming huge obstacles while a choir sings in the background. Instead, she sees things that she wants to do, and figures out how to do them, which is the message that she has for everyone.
We also meet some of her friends from around the world, people who also have differences, including three beautiful young women who also share her refusal to feel sorry for themselves. The attitude constantly seen is that this is how they are, and anyone who has a problem with that is going to have to live with it or get over it -- either way, the ladies are too busy to worry about it.
All in all, I enjoyed this DVD. I would wish that more of her humor had been shown (DO NOT miss the bonus feature where she demonstrates how to steal a big TV). And, while a few moments of her work as an inspirational speaker are shown, this is not a substitute for attending one of her presentations.