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CSA: The Confederate States of America

2.8 out of 5 stars 339 customer reviews

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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

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

Product Details

  • 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 (339 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FZEU0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,818 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "CSA: The Confederate States of America" on IMDb

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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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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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One can argue with the specific course of any alternative history, but the film's basic premise - that slavery would have spread if the Confederacy had won the Civil War - is unarguable. The Confederate Constitution explicitly protected the institution of slavery:

Article I Section 9(4)
No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.

Article IV Section 2(1)
The citizens of each State shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States; and shall have the right of transit and sojourn in any State of this Confederacy, with their slaves and other property; and the right of property in said slaves shall not be thereby impaired.

It also ensured the spread of slavery into new territories:

Article IV Section 3(3)
The Confederate States may acquire new territory; and Congress shall have power to legislate and provide governments for the inhabitants of all territory belonging to the Confederate States, lying without the limits of the several states; and may permit them, at such times, and in such manner as it may by law provide, to form states to be admitted into the Confederacy. In all such territory, the institution of negro slavery as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and protected by Congress, and by the territorial government: and the inhabitants of the several Confederate States and Territories, shall have the right to take to such territory any slaves lawfully held by them in any of the states or territories of the Confederate states.

This proves that anyone who claims that the Civil War was not, at its core, about slavery, is a liar and a fraud.
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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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It was an eye opener. Quite offensive, as it should have been, but informative. Makes you very, very grateful that the North won the war especially if you are African American.
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"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. Writer/director Kevin Willmott, a film professor at the University of Kansas, presents his film as a British documentary being shown on Confederate television tracing the history of the nation. The turning point for the Confederacy comes when Judah Benjamin, the Confederate Secretary of State, convinces England and France to contribute troops. The Confederacy is triumphant at the Battle of Gettysburg, Grant surrenders to Lee, Jefferson Davis annexes the U.S. and the Confederacy runs roughshod over the Union, destroying New York and Boston. Abraham Lincoln is captured in blackface trying to escape to Canada and watches from his Virginia prison cell window as Harriet Tubman is executed for war crimes (he is eventually pardoned by Davis and is exiled to Montreal, dying in 1905). Davis gets the idea for a tax on northerners that can be avoided if slaves are purchased, and in the ensuing decades the CSA conquers Central and South America, revs up international slave trade with the help of African leaders, enslaves Native Americans and Asians, and supports Hitler during World War Two. In the later part of the twentieth century, however, the CSA is isolated and uncultured, its only ally South Africa. Throughout the film the Fauntroy family--think a Confederate version of the Kennedys--are heavily involved in CSA politics, the current representative being John Ambrose Fauntroy V, a senator and 2002 presidential candidate.

What got people talking about the film are the commercials. Some of them are for products and places that actually existed, like Gold Dust Twins washing powder and Coon Chicken Inn restaurants.
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