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CSA: The Confederate States of America (2006)

Greg Kirsch , Renee Patrick , Kevin Willmott  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 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: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FZEU0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,937 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

Editorial Reviews

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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60 of 82 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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good: Offensive but truthful April 29, 2014
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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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12 of 16 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 5 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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31 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, disappointing production April 25, 2008
Format:DVD
The Confederate States of America is set up as a mock documentary designed to bring forth a message from a victimized people. In a History Channel-type of format, the film shows clips, photos, and provides commentary from the "experts." Over the course of the program, it presents a fake history from the start of the Civil War to the modern era. Mock commercials are also presented throughout the production.

While the back of the DVD asks "What if the South had won the War?" it doesn't attempt to realistically answer this question. Rather, it tries to act as a satire. Unfortunately for the viewers, it doesn't work well as this either.

This is one of those films that might have worked if it was shorter. The main presentation clocks in at about 90 minutes. This would have been justifiable if there was anything of substance provided, but the film continues to use one tired racial gimmick after another, wearing out its welcome long in advance. It is also worth noting that religious traditionalism comes at the butt of several of jokes. 30 minutes would have more than sufficed for such a mind-numbing presentation.

The part of this that puzzles me the most is the overall point. Why craft a movie which depicts modern white Christian males as slave- mongers? Why make a movie that continues to poke fun at the historical stereotypes of the black community? The only answer I have is that this is another example of the media's continual glorification of victimization in our country. I would have to disagree with the previous poster that this would be a good film to show his high school students. Show them a speech from Martin Luther King Jr. It is productions like this that further convinces me that some of us are clueless about what Dr. King was talking about.
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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 hours ago by Barbara Keck
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and disturbing
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Larry Benjamin
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 1 month 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 1 month ago by steve mccall
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Story of What If
Great what if story. Not a movie for the more sensitive individual. A very well done peek at what our country and American Society could have been like if the Confederacy had won... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chuck Cruise
5.0 out of 5 stars Different
I enjoyed this. You must have an open mind, and like satire to be able to understand and like this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Memory Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Time out of my life wasted
This was the worst movie ever, I could only stand about 3 minutes of it. It was not even close to funny.
Published 2 months ago by jacinto888
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking. But it's okay to smile!
I have watched this film several times, and I appreciate its pseudo-BBC/PBS gravitas, with all the talking-head experts and "actual" film clips. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Donna Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This appears to be just another attempt to further racial division by falsification of history. Yes, I know it is a satire.
Published 2 months ago by Jim Leaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, biting satire
First rate. Brilliantly creative. Thought-provoking and thoughtful. Fascinating picture of what maybe, maybe, maybe could have been, if the US had joined (or preceded) South... Read more
Published 2 months ago by martin
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