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Jessica Cox movie out on DVDJessica Cox movie out on DVD

Jessica Cox earned a black belt in Taekwondo and a pilot certificate, and a host of admirers for achieving these things and more without benefit of arms. Cox, who was born without arms, has long encouraged others to overcome their own challenges and is the subject of an award-winning documentary, Right Footed, now available on DVD.

Jessica Cox demonstrated how she dons a headset without benefit of arms during a presentation at the AOPA Aviation Summit 2009 in Tampa, Florida. AOPA file photo by Mike Fizer.

Filmed in Africa, the Philippines, and locations in the U.S., the movie documents Cox’s personal journey, including her aviation journey from flight training and first solo to her certification, as well her present mission of campaigning for the rights of people with disabilities around the world through advocacy and work with nongovernment organizations. Producer and director Nick Spark captured the story of how Cox transformed “from victim to conqueror, showing how determination can overcome most anything,” according to a news release, adding that the film goes beyond Cox’s personal transformation and her determination to fly and is also a story about the triumph of human spirit.

Cox addressed the International Women in Aviation Conference in March, telling the gathering of nearly 5,000 men and women from 16 countries that she has had to prove herself to skeptics many times, long after confronting and overcoming her own fears. Those skeptics made Cox take a driver’s test twice before being convinced she is safe behind the wheel. She also had to try several flight instructors before finding the right fit, and aircraft, an Ercoupe, in which the toughest challenge she faced was fastening the four-point safety harness. Cox told attendees not to let fear rule their decisions, calling fear nothing more than “false evidence appearing real.”

Right Footed is available online in DVD form, along with movie posters, and the documentary also can be streamed from several online platforms:

AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum (Time Warner Cable), DirecTV, and DISH Network subscribers also can access the movie on demand.

Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Editor-Web Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot, as well as a certificated remote pilot, who enjoys competition aerobatics and flying drones.
Topics: Pilots

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