CSA: The Confederate States of America

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Overview

American history is turned on its head in this bitterly satirical mockumentary from writer and director Kevin Willmott. Taking the form of a BBC documentary about slavery in America, C.S.A. traces the history of the Confederate States of America, beginning in 1863 as the Southern States turned the tide in the War of Northern Aggression when, with the help of British and French troops, they won a decisive victory at the Battle of Gettysburg. Two years later, Ulysses S. Grant surrendered to Robert E. Lee as the ...
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Overview

American history is turned on its head in this bitterly satirical mockumentary from writer and director Kevin Willmott. Taking the form of a BBC documentary about slavery in America, C.S.A. traces the history of the Confederate States of America, beginning in 1863 as the Southern States turned the tide in the War of Northern Aggression when, with the help of British and French troops, they won a decisive victory at the Battle of Gettysburg. Two years later, Ulysses S. Grant surrendered to Robert E. Lee as the Confederacy emerged victorious against the United States of America. As Abraham Lincoln and many other supporters of the Abolitionist cause fled to Canada, the Northern States were gradually absorbed into the Confederacy, and the right to own slaves became the uncontested law of the land. Over the course of the next 150 years, the Confederate States of America grew to become the most powerful nation on Earth, and persevered through wars in Spain and Latin America that expanded Confederate territories, and stood tall against Japan thanks to an alliance with German leader Adolf Hitler. In the present day, the Confederate States of America remain a power to be reckoned with, despite foreign pressures to eliminate the slavery programs that are the economic backbone of the country, a long simmering "cold war" with Canada, and the ongoing conflict against the Muslim Menace. Featuring staged interviews with "noted historians," mock newsreel footage, and inside-out versions of present-day news and entertainment programming, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America received an enthusiastic reception in its screenings at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Kevin Willmott and producer Rick Cowan; Reality of the Fiction - commentary with director Kevin Willmott; Deleted scenes; Making of CSA with filmmakers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2006
  • UPC: 796019795104
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Ifc
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,478

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rupert Pate , Sherman Hoyle
Evamarii Johnson , Barbara Johnson
Larry Peterson , John Amrose Fauntroy
Charles Frank , Voice Only
Technical Credits
Kevin Willmott Director, Screenwriter
Sean Blake Asst. Director, Co-producer, Editor
Mark Bovos Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Cowan Producer
David Gramly Editor
Ollie Hall Associate Producer
Matt Jacobson Cinematographer, Co-producer
Kerwin Looney Associate Producer
Benjamin Meade Co-producer
Scott Murry Production Designer
Tim Rebman Art Director
Robert Sokol Sound/Sound Designer
Rich Stobaugh Sound/Sound Designer
Marvin Voth Executive Producer
Kelly Werts Score Composer
Wright/Laird Casting Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- CSA: The Confederate States of America
1. C.S.A.: Uncensored [4:54]
2. War and Rebellion [8:51]
3. Commercial Break #1 [1:11]
4. Reconstruction [12:56]
5. Commercial Break #2 [1:45]
6. Birth of a Nation [9:02]
7. Commercial Break #3 [1:00]
8. A Tropical Empire [5:50]
9. Commercial Break #4 [1:53]
10. Hard Times [6:41]
11. Commercial Break #5 [1:14]
12. Happy Days [5:09]
13. Commercial Break #6 [:45]
14. A New Frontier [6:41]
15. Commercial Break #7 [2:25]
16. Family Values [4:48]
17. The New Millennium [7:58]
18. United States History [6:15]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- CSA: The Confederate States of America
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   Captions and Subtitles
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      Spanish
      Captions and Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Feature Commentaries
         Feature Commentary With Director Kevin Willmott & Producer Rick Cowan, "How We Spent Three Years of Our Life:" On
         Feature Commentary With Director Kevin Willmott & Producer Rick Cowan, "How We Spent Three Years of Our Life:" Off
         Feature Commentary With Director Kevin Willmott, "The Reality of the Fiction:" On
         Feature Commentary With Director Kevin Willmott, "The Reality of the Fiction:" Off
      Deleted and Extended Scenes
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         Confederate States Air Force
         Confederate States Air Force, Version 2
         Terrorist Threat
         You Might Be a Damnedyankee If...
         Unkle Tom and Friends
         Be a Good One
         Runaway
         That's My Boy!
         Cartwright Institute
         Family Values
         The Hunt for Dishonest Abe
      C.S.A.: With the Filmmakers
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  • Posted May 22, 2011

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    What If The South Did Win The Civil War?

    That is the question posed in "CSA: The Confederate States Of America", Kevin Willmott's bitingly funny and scathingly honest film, which is told as if it was a BBC documentary. In this IFC production (a channel which can always be counted on to deliver imaginative and daring films), the Southern Confederacy wins the Civil War with the help of England. Abe Lincoln gets captured while hiding in the confines of The Underground Railroad. In the years after the war is over, slavery is not the only thing that is ingrained or institutionalized in the country. Women are not allowed to vote. Orientals are reduced to being gardners. Catholics can remain in the country with some reservations. Jews are allowed to remain but only on a reservation---on Long Island. When World War II breaks out, America aligns itself with Nazi Germany and ends up invading Japan on December 7th 1941. The country loses many prominent talents because of this, such as Mark Twain, Susan B. Anthony and even Elvis Presley, who go to Canada and become major international celebrities. Meanwhile, America builds a Berlin Wall-style wall on the Canadian border. And entertainment is nothing more but government propaganda and Lawrence Welk. Since this is done in the confines of a documentary, there are also commercial breaks which reflect that mindset and they range from the offensively hilarious to the outright disturbing. A suprisingly good film which hasn't seen too much release, "CSA" brings home the point that slavery was about looking at people as merely property and not as human beings made of flesh and blood. Sadly, though, the film also points out that some of these ingrained prejudices have remained almost indirectly part of our culture. Then again, the sight of the Dixie flag flying over The White House is enough to make any reasonable person gasp with horror.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The satire runs deep in this parody of BBC documentaries,that examines an alternate history in which the Confederate States not only won the war but seized Washington as well. What the film does really well, however, is point out much of the more subtle racism in our society including the use of slaves and black stereotypes as advertising figures in both mock and real commercials. This film is well worth your time.

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