Csa: The Confederate States of America [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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The film takes us from that era right to the modern day using new footage, archive footage and doctored footage, with a handful of talking heads. It's remarkably well done, and all sits together very well.
I'd recommend any fans of 'political' comedy and satire to take a look at this - very, very worthwhile!
Being a documentary that's being shown on tv, it has lots of commerical breaks in the middle, complete with adverts and trailers for the most appalingly racist products and programmes you could possibly imagine. They provoke uneasy laughter. And that's the point. As the opening quote from george bernard shaw and the final scene will show you.
Possibly not to everyone's taste, but a fascinating vision and an excellent piece of cinema
Apparently Spike Lee eventually got his hands on the film and added his own touch, resulting in this fantastic movie. My friend says Lee made it faster and slicker. We all went to see this at the Liberty Hall movie theater in Lawrence, KS earlier this year and were all very proud of what Doug and his fellow students had achieved!
Some of the spoof adverts in the film are utterly hilarious, although you sort of don't know whether you should laugh at some of the them because of the subject matter! But ultimately, a film about what would have happened if the South had won the war is a great idea - especially as it doesn't seem as though that much has really changed in the States....ultimately this is a fascinating and somewhat bittersweet look at the American way.
** Written and directed by Kevin Wilmott
** Produced by Rick Cowan (and six others)
** Narrated by Charles Frank
** Run time: 88 minutes
This film is an alternate history based on the question “What if?” What if the southern states had won the American Civil war which began in 1861? The people behind the film assume the southern states (CSA) won the Civil war in 1864 and then they proceed to tell us what happened since then in a state that is officially based on slavery and racism.
Two mock experts appear from time to time, the first one is a white man who supports the southern way, while the second one is a black woman from Canada who has a critical view of the CSA. Mock commercials appear from time to time. At the end of the film (during the credit rolls) we learn that most of them are not false: they are based on real cases!
The film is divided into two parts. Here is a brief overview:
** War and Rebellion
** A Splendid Little War
** The Great depression and World War Two
** Cold War with Canada
** A New Frontier
** Modern Day
The film has an official website where there are more suggestions and ideas for an alternate history of the fictional state.
“CSA” got some good reviews: on Metacritic it has a rating of 62 per cent; on IMDb it has a rating of 64 per cent; and on Rotten Tomatoes it has a rating of 78 per cent. I can understand why.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Clever and Frightening "What If". What If The South Had won the Civil War and the Evil Slave Mentality Carried on into the following Centuries. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff
Interesting, fascinating, thoughtprovoking! A must see....not everything works, but so enjoyable and scary(in the best senses of the words)that it grips and doesn't let go!Published 17 months ago by Dennis Andersen
Nice idea - but it never develops or goes anywhere!
Plot, storyline, action - all missing.
Pity with a lot more thought the concept could have been good.
The Confederate States of America or CSA is a thought provoking documentary of what might have been the history of the American people had the Southern States won the Civil War... Read morePublished on 23 July 2012 by Brawny Withed
C.S.A is a fake BBC documentary about what kind of country America could turn if the South had won the Civil War. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2012 by Wellington Amorim
This was a film I was really not sure about but Spike Lee produced it so I thought it would be worth a try. Having watched it I'm still not sure. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2011 by Jeff N.B
C.S.A is a cleverly written fake documentary which shows how America would have turned out if the Confederates had won the American civil war and slavery had never been... Read morePublished on 4 July 2010 by Ernie
Thought provoking? Yes.
Well thought through and scripted? Not very*
Funny? Er... No
Worth watching? Read more
As a film this is disappointingly poorly executed -- looking for the most part cheaply produced and badly lit. Read morePublished on 13 July 2009 by Barton Keyes