In the aftermath of WWII, somewhere in the muddy Mississippi Delta, two families–one black, the Jacksons, and the other white, the McAllans–are forced to share the same patch of land, keeping a frail race-based peace with each other. However, as they both struggle with hardship and dire poverty, the long-awaited return of two war veterans–Ronsel, the Jacksons’ eldest son, and Jamie, Henry McAllan’s younger brother–will unexpectedly nurture a budding friendship that transcends prejudice and race. But, in the end, against a backdrop of fevered Mississippi sunsets and vitriolic racism, life can be hard when the law of the land is still segregation and hatred. And then, no one can be safe.—Nick Riganas
“Mudbound” became the first non-documentary feature film distributed primarily by a streaming service (Netflix) to be nominated in major categories at the Academy Awards or in any category for that matter. This feat challenges the Academy’s years long bias against the non-theatrical distribution model of Netflix and other streaming platforms.