Alexandra Lazarowich


Alexandra Lazarowich © Curtis Comeau

Alexandra Lazarowich (Cree) is a filmmaker born in Edmonton, Alberta. Her work as a director, producer, and screenwriter is rooted in historical and contemporary investigation to unearth secret histories and underreported accounts concerning the lives and contributions of Indigenous peoples. She received a BA in History and Drama from Concordia University Edmonton (2009). Her films Cree Code Talker (2016), Indian Rights for Indian Women (2018), Fast Horse (2018), and Lake (2019) have been widely exhibited at festivals, museums, and galleries internationally, including imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Walker Art Center, Hot Docs, Sundance Film Festival, Winnipeg Cinematheque, AFI Docs Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, DOC NYC, Images Festival, Royal Alberta Museum, National Film Board of Canada, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Skoden Indigenous Film Festival, and Criterion Channel, among many others. Her credits as producer include INAATE/SE/ (2016), Empty Metal (2018), and Halpate (2020). She is the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships, and grants, including a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellowship (2013–14), a Special Jury Award for Directing from Sundance Film Festival (2019), Best Documentary Work Short Format from imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (2018), three Golden Sheaf Awards from Yorkton Film Festival (2019), and the Grand Jury Prize at McMinnville Short Film Festival (2020). She is co-founder and co-director of COUSIN, together with Adam Khalil, Adam Piron, and Sky Hopinka. She lives and works in Tkaronto (Toronto, Ontario). 

ONLINE SCREENING DATES: January 9 – January 30, 2023

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: Lake, 5 min, 2019
This series is co-selected and presented with COUSIN collective and is generously funded by a Digital Now grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Lake, 5 min, 2019

Cree director Alexandra Lazarowich riffs off classic verité cinema to craft a contemporary portrait of Métis women net fishing in Northern Alberta. – National Film Board of Canada

This new Indigenous Cinema is about pushing ourselves as Indigenous people, to question what it means to be Indigenous in 2019 and into the future. How will we thrive, how will we succeed, how will we incorporate technology and storytelling in our lives to honor and propel us forward as Indigenous people? This means creating work that opens up filmmaking. There are so many great artists doing this and pushing against the constructs or stereotypes of what Indigenous film is supposed to look like. Look at the works by Sky Hopinka, Adam and Zach Khalil, Courtney Montour, and Elle–Máijá Tailfeathers: these artists and so many others are creating work that is reflective of their lived experiences and also exploring new ways of storytelling, new images, and new sounds. That is the future. – Alexandra Lazarowich

Read the full article at Walker Art Center. 

Watch an interview with Alexandra Lazarowich at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. 

Visit Alexandra Lazarowich’s website to learn more about her work. 

All stills, photographs, and artwork courtesy National Film Board of Canada © Alexandra Lazarowich. Screening co-presented with NFB and Bawaadan Collective.