37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel


Religion, race, and politics in America have been intertwined for as long as the country has existed. In this empowering piece, director Jeanine Isabel Butler follows a bold group of Oklahomans working to bring change to their communities. These religious leaders from the Bible Belt refuse to accept that religion is meant only for a very specific group and are more interested in saving people from an earthly hell than the otherworldly one. This film questions all that we think we know about the Christian heartland and compels audiences to engage in new and difficult conversations to impact change. Discussion with director Jeanine Isabel Butler, co-producer Catherine Lynn Butler, Larycia Hawkins (UVA), and Sabrina Dent (Freedom Forum Institute), moderated by Kurtis Schaeffer (Religion, Race & Democracy Lab)

Presented by Religion, Race, and Democracy Lab


Sunday, October 27


2:00 PM


PVCC Dickinson Center

Film Info

Director: Jeanine Isabel Butler

Runtime: 85 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2019

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Dr. Reverend Robin Meyers, Revered Lori Walke, Reverend Bishop Carlton Pearson, Dr. Bernard Brandon Scott, Oklahoma State Rep Collin R. Walke, Dr. Robert Jones, Reverend Marlin Lavanhar, and Nehemiah D. Frank