Nick Spark, the Emmy Award winning Writer and Producer, recently visited Tacloban City for the public screening of his movie entitled “Right Footed.” Right Footed is an inspirational film on the life of limbless Filipino-American Jessica Cox, who became an advocate and crusader for people with disabilities.
He was in Tacloban City from August 14 to 15 with American Showcase Representative Alessandro Ago and US Embassy Representative Florabel Aureus.
On behalf of Mayor Cristina G. ROmualdez, Atty. Irene Chiu welcomed the American producer, together with Tacloban City Information Officer Bernardita B. Valenzuela, City Government Consultant Rey Cruz and representative of Leyte 1st District, Yedda K. Romualdez.
Former Congressman Martin Romualdez hosted a welcome luncheon for Spark at the Price Mansion.
This was the second time Spark visited Tacloban City. His first was after super Typhoon Yolanda. He She shared that he is amazed at how the city has recovered from the devastating typhoon.
“It is extremely gratifying to be here today and see the incredible progress of this city. It truly shows me how strong is the will power of the Filipino people,” Spark said.
Spark was with Cox when she volunteered for an International Non-Government Organization which implemented emergency response projects for the handicapped after the Super Typhoon. There are parts of the documentary that were filmed during that time.
“It was a transformative experience for me,” he said about his experience working for people with disabilities in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Meanwhile, Spark said that Cox is a Visayan Woman, and she is strong because of her Filipino roots.
The first screening of the film was held at Tacloban City Convention Center also known as Astrodome. The subsequent screening was held at the Eastern Visayas State University and Leyte Normal University. They are also planning to have a public screening in the different barangays of the city.
Right Footed runs 1 hour and 22 minutes. It is about Cox’s journey through adversity and how she became a mentor to children with disabilities.