THE FREE STATE OF JONES

GenreAction, History, Drama, War, Biography
DirectorsGary Ross
CastMatthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali
CountriesUSA
Production year2016
Budget$50,000,000
DistributorDimension Films
Running time02:19


Description

A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters, runaway slaves, and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.

Plot outline

Set during the Civil War, Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War