Director: Gary Ross
Writers: Leonard Hartman , Gary Ross
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali
PLOT: American Civil War, ”Freeman of Jones” tells the story of a challenging southern farmer, Newt Knight and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Joining with other small farmers and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight staged an uprising that led to Jones County (Mississippi) to withdraw from the Confederation, creating the Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), and subsequent establishment of a mixed community was a unique example of postwar South. Knight continued to struggle during Reconstruction, distinguishing himself as a compelling but controversial figure who led his challenge beyond the war.