In the movie The Free State Of Jones, as civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army.
Matthew McConaughey headlines the movie, which is directed by Gary Ross.
Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and 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.