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Human Rights Audio Documentary Award: Leonard


Mar 08 2023


3:00 pm - 4:15 pm


Virtual Only

Human Rights Audio Documentary Award Discussion

Join us for this multilayered discussion with the 2021 winners of the Human Rights Audio Documentary Award. Rory Owen Delaney and Andrew Fuller, hosts and producers of the podcast, will be joined by special guest Chase Iron Eyes, attorney, activist, and member of the Oglala Lakota and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes. The discussion will be led by Courtney Lewis, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Leonard: Political Prisoner tells the story of Leonard Peltier, who in 1977 was sentenced to consecutive life sentences for killing two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Through a mix of archival audio, interviews, and narration, the podcast revisits the facts and irregularities of the case against Peltier, who has spent more than 40 years in federal prison. Told in the wake of the 2020 murder of George Floyd and the world-wide calls for racial justice it inspired, Peltier’s account of his mistreatment at the hands of the U.S. government and American legal system takes on a new light.

The Human Rights Audio Documentary Award, sponsored by Duke University’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, explores the intersection of recording technologies, activism, and human rights.

This discussion is sponsored by the Human Rights Archive and the Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, along with Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Registration required.


Andrew Fuller

Andrew Fuller began his producing career in script development at Village Roadshow Pictures after earning a degree in Political Science from Colgate University. Fuller was selected to participate in Film Independent’s Producers Lab with BRUTE FORCE, a music documentary that premiered at South by Southwest. He produced the documentary feature…...

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Chase Iron Eyes

Chase Iron Eyes is a Native American activist, attorney, and an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes. He is a co-director and lead counsel of the Lakota People's Law Project as well as a co-founder of the Native American news website Last Real Indians. Chase…...

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Rory Owen Delaney

Rory Owen Delaney is a producer, writer and podcaster, who got his start in Hollywood working for Avnet/Kerner Productions (FRIED GREEN TOMATOES) and distribution guru Jon Reiss (THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX OFFICE). Delaney directed THE RIVALRY: RED V. BLUE for ESPN. He also co-wrote the Lionsgate feature film BREAKING BROOKLYN,…...

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Courtney Lewis

Duke University

Courtney Lewis (Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill, 2012) is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University and an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Her research explores the themes of native sovereignty, economic justice, and the ethnography of tribal capitalism, focusing on small businesses in the Cherokee Qualla Boundary in…...

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