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CSA: The Confederate States of America

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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 (344 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FZEU0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,570 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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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.

This movie takes the form of a British documentary, covering the evolution of the Confederate States of America after the South won. Slavery of course plays a huge part of the new nation and this is covered quite matter-of-factly throughout and I found myself amazed at how well some historical incidents were tweaked slightly to fit this narrative. The consequences of a slave-holding nation on the rest of the Americas was in particular explored, with some slightly different consequences for WW-I and WW-II as a result. I found myself quite riveted throughout and the time spent watching (it's only 89 minutes long) pretty much flew by. The production overall was solid and very much felt like a documentary might.

The primary reason I can't give this five stars is because, frankly, it focused on slavery a bit too MUCH. Yes that was a critical and important part of the Civil War, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more focus on the CSA's interaction with the rest of the world, scientific advancements, etc. While this is all touched upon throughout the focus keeps coming back to the impact of slavery with some interestingly different electorial outcomes towards the end.

Recommended for any fan of somewhat *different* alternate history.
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Very funny fictional account of history if the south has won the civil war. The thing I found interesting is that some of the "fake" commercials were actually real. They made it like a real biography with commercials.
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Very, very strange!! Truly glad the South did not win the Civil War if this is the reality of what could have happened. Totlly politically incorrect, even vulgar in parts, but most thought provoking. The creativity in making the film is wonderful even if the visuals are somewhat disgusting. How they were able to get the various actors and actresses to play the roles must have been most interesting. Simply, thank goodness we are USA and not CSA. All this from one who was raised by a Southern minded father that I never understood. So glad the beliefs of the CSA are not the doctrine of the USA. Truly a movie to make you think while it makes you very uncomfortable.
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