Cree Code Talker

Alexandra Lazarowich | CANADA | 2016 | 14 MIN | SHORT Documentary

Thursday 20 October 2016 | 2:15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
World Premiere
Screening as part of Solid Ground: Canadian Shorts

During the Second World War, the Allied Forces utilized Indigenous language speakers to transmit coded messages that could not be broken. The contributions of Charles “Checker” Tomkins are revealed in this insightful look into how the Cree language was used as a vital secret weapon in combat.


Alexandra Lazarowich is a Cree filmmaker who currently splits her time between Alberta and Brooklyn, working on films about the issues impacting Indigenous peoples and cultures from around the world.