Controversial New Documentary tagged 'Same God' to Be Shown at LA Film Festival



A new documentary focusing on the departure of professor Larycia Hawkins from Wheaton College after she declared on Facebook that Christians and Muslims worship the same God will be screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival later this month.

The film, "Same God," will be shown as part of the festival's competition lineup on Sept. 24, and will focus on the political science professor's experience with the Illinois-based evangelical higher education institution after she took to Facebook in December 2015 to declare that she was going to wear a hijab during advent.


But it wasn't Hawkins' vow to wear a hijab that drew the ire of Wheaton administrators. Her assertion in her Facebook post that Christians and Muslims worship the same God that led administrators to question if she had violated the school's statement of faith.

After being placed on administrative leave, a school administrator moved to recommend her for termination proceedings. Although Provost Stanton Jones later rescinded the recommendation to terminate Hawkins after much backlash from Wheaton professors and a student-led protest, Hawkins and the school would later part ways. Hawkins would go on to get a job at the University of Virginia.

The new documentary was directed by Emmy-award winning producer and Wheaton College alumna Linda Midgett and her Midgett Productions company.

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