5 Movies To Watch On One Foot

by | Jan 25, 2018 | Hillel Ontario, On One Foot | 0 comments

Winter is the perfect time for movie night! Bundle up in bed with a hot cup of tea or cocoa and watch one of our favourite on one foot picks! Whether you like action, romance, or animation, this list includes a movie for everyone!

 

Footloose


This musical is loosely based on true events, telling the story of a man who moved from the great city of Chicago to a small, rural town, where dancing and rock music is banned. The movie was released in 1984 and made a total of $80 million at the box office. While the characters in the movie have to hide their enthusiasm and love for dancing, we will be proudly dancing on one foot until February 10th.

 

Step Up


Step Up, released in 2006, shows how an unprivileged boy and a wealthy dancer end up working together. The romantic movie stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum as the main characters and is the first part of a five-movie series. In Step Up 1, Jenna Tatum Dewan is dancing on one foot A LOT! We challenge you to count how many times throughout the movie she is dancing on one foot, secretly supporting our campaign.

 

Karate Kid


Karate Kid is a 1984 film, which tells the story of a bullied teenager. A martial arts master agreed to train the teenager, so that he will learn to defend himself against his bullies. The movie is famous for its cover, where the main character practices karate, standing on one foot, just like we do for our campaign. In 2010 a remake of the martial arts classic was released starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.

 

Happy Feet


The computer-animated musical, Happy Feet, was released in 2006 and features the voices of Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, and Nicole Kidman. The Warner Brothers movie won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In the world of penguins, the right song will bring you together with your soul mate. Unfortunately, the main character doesn’t have a singing voice, but he doesn’t let that bring him down. Rather than singing, he introduces the art of dancing to his fellow penguins and wins everyone’s hearts. Rather than winning over people by dancing, we decided to take over the world on one foot.

 

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, this Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture movie is one that every foodie will appreciate. The Hundred-Foot Journey tells the story of an Indian family, who decides to move to France, where they want to open an Indian restaurant. Everything is working out perfectly, until the Michelin chef on the other side of the street meets her new neighbors.
Showcasing the different culinary spectrums, this movie inspires its viewer to go through life with an open mind towards different cultures and traditions. This includes our new tradition of fundraising on one foot.

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Last month Hillel Ontario heard from Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada. After winning the leadership race back in October of 2020, Annamie became the first Black person and first Jewish woman to lead a federal Canadian political party. Since then, she has been speaking to Canadians all across the country, spreading messages of hope and inspiration, during a time where these moments are a rarity. No matter the political orientation of the Zoom attendees of this fireside chat, everyone walked away with a few life lessons up their sleeve.

Here are some of my biggest takeaways. First, Annamie spoke about following your passion, a message that I know many students needed to hear. When I graduated from grade 12, I was constantly asked where I saw myself in five years, ten years, and sometimes even twenty years. Although I was asked with the best intentions, I’ve always felt overwhelming pressure to envision a clear career path. Annamie dispelled this myth by referencing the enjoyment associated with the process of discovering your passion rather than having a final goal in mind, and Annamie’s enthusiasm for human rights through a policy lens has shaped the course of her life. Second, Annamie spoke about the importance of speaking up in the face of injustice. Whether you consider yourself an advocate or not, Annamie highlighted the need to follow your moral compass, never remaining complicit. Following Annamie’s time as the leader of the Green Party, it is clear that she isn’t afraid to use her voice and position to shine light on racism, antisemitism, and sexism. These are two lessons I think everyone can learn from.

Annamie spoke about growing up in Toronto Centre (the riding where she will be running in the next federal election), her career as an international lawyer, and her decision to enter politics. As someone who doesn’t fit the mold of a traditional politician, Annamie referenced about the challenges that she’s faced as a Black, Jewish woman. Racism, antisemitism, and sexism were all constant throughout her leadership campaign, and her six months leading the Green Party. 

Throughout Annamie’s talk, I learned about the importance of elevating voices that have previously gone unheard. In a predominantly white space, Hillel students and staff need to work hard to ensure that Jews of Colour feel welcomed. 

After 45 minutes, the latter half of which consisted of an insightful Q&A, Annamie mentioned that she would love to be invited back to another Hillel Ontario fireside chat. For now, I’ll take Annamie’s lessons with me while looking forward to hearing about all of her accomplishments in a year from now.

  • Skylar Banks, Guelph Hillel
Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaborating with other student organizations allows us to diversify the students at our events, build coalitions, establish good rapport with other student groups and broaden the topics of the content that we deliver. 

This past month, we had the privilege of working with the Waterloo and Laurier chapters of Menstruation Redefined, which is committed to helping with the “institutional and social barriers surrounding menstruation that risk the health, well-being, and daily lives of many.” This mission resonated with us at Hillel because we understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion for all. These are values that we hold as Jews, and want to embody at Hillel. 

We joined forces to produce a fun evening of trivia and learning. The event allowed us to reach new students, educate others on Jewish practice for those who menstruate, and learn more about Menstruation Redefined’s mission. Collaborative events like this allow us to understand key issues and causes that other student-run campus groups advocate for and to build strong allyships and ensure that we propel Hillel’s values forward, such as inclusion and equity.

Jessica Bloom, HIllel Waterloo Student President
Veronica Grad, Hillel Laurier Student President

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