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CSA: The Confederate States of America


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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 (322 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FZEU0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,052 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

Customer Reviews

Just Terrible, not funny, just stupid.
cjd77
Satire is supposed to point out weaknesses or errors, lampoon them and show their absurdity.
Gerard S. Murphy
The war was not about slavery it was about liberty, states rights.
igsmall

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82 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Paul Guinan on August 20, 2009
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shannan on May 1, 2014
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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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61 of 84 people found the following review helpful By William Sommerwerck VINE VOICE on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mw on April 29, 2014
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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 By NewWorldSmurf VINE VOICE on August 1, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2010
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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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