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Free Film Showing – Windtalkers
November 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Cochise College’s Multicultural Film Series will present Windtalkers, a film inspired by the Navajo Code Talkers during WWII. The film depicts how 29 Navajo Marines were trained to use a secret military code based on the Navajo language. The code was the only one never broken by the Japanese and was instrumental in winning WWII.
The film focuses on Marine bodyguards (Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater) who are assigned to protect two Code Talkers (Adam Beach and Roger Willie), and if necessary, kill them in order to protect the code from falling into enemy hands.
Albert Smith, a Code Talker who lived in Gallup, NM, was an advisor for the movie, which was filmed in 2002. The Code Talkers were sworn to secrecy about their involvement in the war, and the code was not declassified until 1968.
According to Indian Country Today, Smith said people have asked him why he chose to fight a white man’s war, and he hopes the movie will help create some understanding: “To my way of thinking, it was my war because a foreign county wanted to destroy Mother Earth. And Mother Earth is the basis for my freedom, to think, to laugh, to talk and speak any time with my spiritual father. People talk about freedom – this is my freedom.”
Smith continues by addressing the importance of language: “Our language is the center of our culture and this movie helps explain to America why it is so important for Native people to retain our culture and identity.”
The public is invited to this free event. Light refreshments will be provided free of charge.
For the Sierra Vista area, the film will be shown on Thursday, November 8, at 6 pm in the Horace Steele Room (in the Library Building) on Cochise College’s Sierra Vista Campus.
The film is rated R (mainly for war scenes) and is 135 minutes long. This event is sponsored by Cochise College’s Humanities/Fine Arts Department and the Multicultural Film Series. For more information, contact Tanya Biami at (520) 515.5316.