HOLLYWOOD - Despite being born without arms, Filipino-American Jessica Cox has achieved a lot, and now she's put her adventures on the big screen.
She may not have arms, but the Fil-Am motivational speaker has never let that stop her from accomplishing big things.
Cox, who is an airplane pilot, a martial arts champion, an author, and advocate for the handicap, now has another title: movie star.
The 31-year-old Arizona-based Cox took her documentary "Right Footed" to the Hollywood Film Festival this past week where it won the Best Social Impact Jury Award.
"This was a very important documentary to inspire so many other people and at the same time, it helps me share my life to the world, to let them know that I'm happy, that I live a productive life and ultimately anyone can. They can accomplish anything despite whatever challenges they might have whether it be emotional, physical or psychological, we can achieve great things," Cox said.
The 80-minute movie traces the multi-talented Cox's beginnings and tags along for some of her activities, ultimately bringing her to her mother's typhoon ravaged hometown of Guiuan in Eastern Samar during the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda.
"My inspiration growing up, that all just linked in with Philippines and the resilience that my mother had being born and raised in Eastern Samar, and all the challenges in her life they ended up helping me, and her resilience becoming my resilience," she said.
Director Nick Spark said, "I feel like a lot of the limitations that we impose upon ourselves are, they're imaginary. And Jessica is the embodiment of that idea."
This is also a first time venture for Handicap International, a non-profit group Cox is involved with. Together, they hope that by sharing her story, many can be inspired.
"A woman as beautiful as she is, with a wonderful story that she has and the amazing dedication that she has to the cause is absolutely going to be a tremendous help to our nonprofit," said Handicap International's Jeff Meer.
"Rightfooted" will continue hitting the film festival circuit. Since its release, it has already nabbed several awards.
But the stop that Cox and the "Rightfooted team" is most excited with is the Philippines where they hope to air it in the near future.
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