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CSA: The Confederate States of America (2006)

Greg Kirsch , Renee Patrick , Kevin Willmott  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Greg Kirsch, Renee Patrick, Molly Graham, William Willmott, Rupert Pate
  • Directors: Kevin Willmott
  • Writers: Kevin Willmott
  • Producers: Andrew Herwitz, Benjamin Meade, Kerwin Looney, Marvin Voth, Matt Jacobson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FZEU0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,672 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "CSA: The Confederate States of America" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Kevin Wilmott and producer Rick Cowan
  • "Reality of the Fiction" - commentary by director Kevin Wilmott
  • Deleted scenes
  • "Making of CSA" with the filmmakers

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Find out what America would be like if the South won the Civil War. Presented as a mock documentary, through the use of fabricated movie segments and actual stock footage from our own history, comes a humorous and provocative story of a country, which, in

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82 of 97 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Folks here trying to point out inaccuracies in the alternate history that unfolds when the CSA wins the Civil War are missing the point. Any chaos theoretician will tell you that a slight change to a system will result in massive change years later--in the "real" CSA there would probably never be a war with Japan, or the Nixon/Kennedy debate, etc. So what! A true examination of alternate history this is not, but I'm a hard-core history buff, and I was extremely entertained by this piece. It's a hoot to see footage of the Berlin Wall going up, used to illustrate the "Cotton Wall" between the US and Canada!

This was meant as a very biting satire of American culture, race, and slavery. It succeeds on that level. The only, and minor, complaint I have is that the low budget of this highly ambitious production occasionally spoils its "reality."

Also, some folks here presume this is some sort of Spike Lee production, which is not the case. Lee was asked to put his name on it as a "presented by" for marketing purposes, a seal of approval thing, much like Tarentino has his name on some Chinese action films. This piece is entirely Kevin Willmott's baby, he's a professor in the Film Studies Department of Kansas University.
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61 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brutal, squirm-inducing satire September 15, 2009
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"CSA" takes the format of the broadcast of a faux British documentary about the history of slavery in the CS after the War of Northern Aggression. It's punctuated with commercials that suggest what life would be like in a society that has thoroughly integrated slavery into its basic structure.

Contrary to what some reviewers claim, the documentary is a coherent, well-worked-out speculative history of what might have happened if the South had won. Some of it is based on what the South did, or wanted to do (the invasion and subjugation of South America, for example); most of the rest seems plausible, if only in terms of "human nature".

Several reviewers correctly pointed out that all the South wanted was the right to continue to spread slavery to states entering the Union, and that it had no /intention/ of conquering the North. This overlooks the fact that the only way it could have had what it wanted was by overthrowing the US government and seizing power. The South /did/ invade the North, and had it seized Washington, it's unlikely it would have simply walked away from the opportunity to take control. Would you?

If you're expecting an SNL or MAD TV sketch, you'll be disappointed. Though there are slap-your-knee/laugh-out-loud moments, the subject matter and its basically serious presentation prevent most of it from being amusing.

Highly recommended, if you have the stomach for this sort of thing.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take it for what it's supposed to be October 24, 2013
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"CSA: Confederate States of America" is a mockumentary. Knowing this should be sufficient to clue us in on what to expect and to not expect.

First, it's alternate history. Alternate history is extremely hard (indeed, well nigh impossible) to predict with accuracy. What CSA portrays is just one of many, many scenarios that could have played out had the South won the Civil War. (For example, given the states' rights bent of the Confederacy and the precedent that secession would have set, one plausible alternative history would include many squabbling little countries instead of a unified CSA.) I seriously doubt that it was the intent of the producers of this film to portray what they thought was the only or even the most plausible alternate outcome.

Second, its intent is not to portray the Confederacy with perfect accuracy. While a more sympathetic portrayal would have been nice (including the fact that there were many in the South, including Lee and Davis, who believed slavery was a dying institution), it would have made for a rather boring movie.

Third, while it may appear to some to be biased against the South and certainly does not account for the very real possibility that moral progress may have taken place even if the South had won the war, its bias is not so blatant as to detract from what this movie is--a satirical and often funny thought experiment.

If the viewer is willing to take CSA as less a piece of serious social commentary than as a humorous and somewhat lighthearted look into an alternate universe that never materialized, it will provide an hour and a half of enjoyable entertainment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't get scared now... May 1, 2014
By Shannan
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Great social commentary, although, a bit scary. Just the thought that we could have slipped into this direction, however unlikely that was. The commercial bits are by far the best- creative, sarcastic, very well done.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 29, 2014
By mw
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All too truthful "what if" - funny, compelling, painfully accurate. You wish it couldn't be... Hard to accept, but we are only a few votes away from that scenario. Don't understand the lower ratings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What If the South Never Fell? October 21, 2010
Format:DVD
C.S.A. is a movie that examines what life might have been like if the Confederacy would have won the American Civil War. The film begins with a commercial about insurance. It is one of many faux television advertisements scattered throughout the picture. After the insurance commercial, there is a warning that the following film might offend some people. Then the actual "broadcast" presentation of C.S.A. begins. In the world of the film, the South wins Gettysburg and because of that Judah P. Benjamin successfully convinces not only England, but also France that the real issue of the war isn't slavery, but states' rights and they join the Rebel grey on the battlefield. The Union had more than enough troops to outfight the Confederacy alone, but not enough to fight the armies of two other countries. Lee marches on Washington, D.C. and other Confederate generals pillage and burn Boston and New York. Meanwhile, President Lincoln is forced to flee, but is caught with Harriet Tubman just south of the Canadian border disguised in blackface. Tubman is hanged and Lincoln is imprisoned for two years at Fortress Monroe. Upon his release Lincoln moves to Canada and lives out his life there. Emboldened by their victory the Confederacy begins a different form of Reconstruction, offering to rebuild the destroyed Northern cities with "free" slave labor. There are rebellions here and there, but they are quickly put down and those who dissent are executed. A huge number of abolitionists, scholars, and religious leaders leave the Confederacy for Canada. Western expansion is continued and the Native Indians are either exterminated or forced to flee to Canada, too. There are no Indian reservations in this alternative timeline. Chinese workers in the west are made slaves, too. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for a great laugh
One of the funniest mockumenteries I've ever watched. Good for a great laugh. The comercials had me rolling. A hilarious romp through alternate history.
Published 8 days ago by Leon E. Andrews III
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good, but not GREAT!
Published 22 days ago by CitizenZorro
5.0 out of 5 stars A true horror story
This is so on it, it's scary.
Published 1 month ago by Felix Ferox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A cathartic mockumentary on a what if subject...
Published 2 months ago by Ray Clemons Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars An Unusual Alternate History Story
As a fan of all kinds of alternate history, I found this to be a fine and interesting take on a popular subject--the South winning the Civil War. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven Woodcock
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise marred by poor production
"CSA: The Confederate States of America" is far from the first project to explore the idea of what might have happened had the Confederacy won the American Civil War. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NewWorldSmurf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Roxanne Langlois
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This movie is not for everyone but we love it. It really made me think.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Keck
2.0 out of 5 stars AN ILLOGICAL SPECULATION
What really would have happened if the Confederacy won the civil war? For one thing their objective was not to conquer the North but to be just "left alone". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jet Stream
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Commercials!
I actually watched this movie on you tube and decided to buy the dvd. The movie is interesting but the commercials are hilarious! Read more
Published 4 months ago by steve mccall
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