Winner of the “Best Documentary” award at the Mirabile Dictu Film Festival in Vatican City, Rome, as well as 10 other major awards, “Right Footed” tells the story of 29-year-old Jessica Cox, who was born without arms as a result of a birth defect. Through strong faith and family support, Jessica turned her so-called disability into a powerful tool to inspire people and create change. The film chronicles Jessica’s long struggle to become fully independent and licensed as the world’s first armless airplane pilot—flying with one foot on the yoke and the other on the throttle. In the wake of her first solo flight, “Right Footed” follows Jessica for a period of two years as she becomes a disability rights activist, working in both the developing world and Washington, D.C., while also mentoring children with disabilities and their families. The film shares Jessica’s marriage, her strong relationship with her parents, and her journey to promote opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities.
“Right Footed” is the story of an amazing woman, Jessica Cox, who was born without arms but grew up and learned how to eat and lead a pretty normal life with her right foot, as she eventually became a pilot, earned a black belt, and got married. She says she got her determined attitude from her mother, Inez Cox, who was just as determined when Jessica was born to give her as normal a life as possible. Jessica keeps a sense of humor and wears a T- shirt that says, “Look Ma, No Hands!” She gives foot bumps with her right foot instead of handshakes. She’s been on national TV and is also a motivational speaker and travels to other countries, such as Africa, where she inspires other people with disabilities.
The film features a lot of personal videos, including parts of Jessica’s wedding to Patrick Chamberlain. He put an ankle bracelet on her during their wedding ceremony, and they performed an inspiring dance together at their reception. They left a lot of people in awe.
Faith is an important part of Jessica’s life. She prays and trusts in God’s guidance. We are very pleased to award “Right Footed” our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for all ages. Though not intended for the very young, this film will definitely inspire children. This documentary easily earns five Doves, our best rating. It is a great tool to encourage young people to pursue their dreams. As Jessica says in the film, if she could become a pilot without arms, anybody can become what they want in life.