Photo Courtesy of Charles 'Checker' Tomkins family 

Photo Courtesy of Charles 'Checker' Tomkins family 

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Cree Code Talker is a 10-minute documentary that reveals the role of Cree code talker Charles ‘Checker Tomkins, who used the Cree language during the Second World War to defeat the enemy.  

Produced by Cree Code Talker Ltd. with support from the National Screen Institute of Canada, Bravo Fact, Aboriginal Veterans Society of Alberta, National Film Board,  and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. 

 


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Alexandra Lazarowich, Director

Alexandra Lazarowich is a Cree filmmaker who currently splits her time between Alberta and Brooklyn working on short films about the issues impacting Aboriginal peoples from around the world. She explores in her work the effects of colonization on Aboriginal peoples and their culture.

Cowboy Smithx, Producer

Cowboy Smithx is an Indigenous filmmaker of Blackfoot Ancestry from the Piikani and Kainai tribes of Southern Alberta, Canada. Cowboy received his initial film production training in Los Angeles, California at the NMTN American Indian Summer Institute at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, USC-Zemeckis and FOX Studios in 2006-2007. Cowboy also completed the Full Circle: First Nations Performance Ensemble Training Program in 2007, then went on to graduate from the Independent Indigenous Digital Filmmaking program at Capilano University in 2008. Cowboy has gone on to write, produce and direct various works in live theatre, music video, documentary and narrative film, which earned him awards both in Canada and the United States. Cowboy is currently hosting and producing "The Silent X Podcast." Cowboy splits time between his traditional Blackfoot territory in Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia.