Alexandra Lazarowich is a Cree (one of the largest groups of First Nations in North America) from Northern Alberta. Alexandra used to be an actress from her childhood until her twenties, so the Canadian director always knew she wanted to connect her life with filmmaking. She remembers: “I decided to become a director as I did not like the roles I was auditioning for, mostly because at that time the only possible role for a young indigenous girl was dressing up in a buckskin and shooting a bow and arrow.” Therefore Alexandra told herself that she must quit playing such stereotypical roles and become a filmmaker which would be able to express her own vision on cinematography. When she was growing up, she never saw people who looked like her in films or on television. Alexandra wanted to make her own movies to be shown on a big screen in order to fill this void, representing aboriginal people who resemble her and, furthermore, prove to the modern public that indigenous people can also do other things.
Despite not having professional education in the sphere of filmmaking, Alexandra is a very successful director nowadays who has already managed to work on about eight films, such as Rights for Indian Women, Out of Nothing, Cree Code Talker and others.