You probably haven't really heard of the movie Free State of Jones, even though it stars Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Concussion) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) and is directed by Gary Ross--the same guy who did The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit and Pleasantville.
What drew me to this film was the fact that it's a true story about the Civil War that I've never heard before. We all know that the north fought against the south (more so over cotton than equal rights), but did you also know that the south fought against itself?
Other farmers of Jones County get tired of seeing their farmlands and belongings stripped when the rich plantation owners get all the spoils. So they decide to take up with Newt and the runaway slaves and become army deserters as well. An alliance of runaway slaves fighting for equality and southern farmers fighting for their homes is formed, which forces a rebellion against the south in the middle of the Civil War -- something that I didn't know ever happened.
With the Independence Day weekend ahead, come together and treat everyone like an equal!