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Clearly illustrates that, despite adversity, a positive outlook, great determination, and resourcefulness can lead to a productive, joy-filled life. Affirms that one person can make a difference in the lives of many. The film places great value on empathy, perseverance, acceptance of others, and committed parenting.
Positive Role Models
Central character, a young woman born without arms, is celebrated for her optimism, perseverance, strength, patience, courage, strong faith, and a desire to help others. She succeeds in pursuing activities in which able-bodied people may be challenged (i.e., black belt in Taekwondo, licensed airplane pilot, sky diver). Her parents and husband personify supportive family members. They offer her unconditional love, belief in her abilities, as well as practical everyday assistance. Only villains are Republican members of the U.S. Legislature who join forces to defeat US participation in The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty, a UN pact intended to protect disabled people worldwide.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Right Footed is a documentary about Jessica Cox, a young woman born without arms who has had a significant impact as a role model, motivational speaker, and activist for people with disabilities. Winner of many U.S. Film Festival awards, the film is an eye-opening tribute to the power of determination, confidence, patience, and faith, despite long odds. As the film's audience journeys with Jessica to U.S. cities and other countries, they will meet other children and young adults with a variety of physical challenges. For mature tweens and teens, the movie offers a strong look at the obstacles facing those with disabilities, as well as the rewards and fulfillment that come from earning their successes. What may previously have been considered "strange" or even "scary" for those who've had little or no connection to anyone with such challenges, the movie is a significantly upbeat introduction. Recommended for family viewing as the movie may well inspire meaningful discussion. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
How fortunate that the life of Jessica Cox was annotated and recorded, and that director Nick Spark had the passion and talent to bring it to life so that audiences can share her remarkable journey. The Cox family exhibited great foresight in their efforts to film important moments in Jessica's life: her early years of negativity, her first attempts at piloting a plane, her relationship with a remarkable mom, among many others. Then, worthy of commendation are the professionals who followed her blossoming romance with Patrick Chamberlain who would become her husband and partner in their life's work, and who covered her more recent path toward activism, particularly in Ethiopia, Washington, D.C., and the Philippines, where they highlight her considerable achievements in affecting the lives of others with disabilities. Nearly every scene is touched with compassion, sweetness, and admiration for Jessica's triumphs; the later scenes between Jessica and her mother are particularly affecting. A great introduction for the able-bodied to the world of those with disabilities, Right Footed is highly recommended.
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