Produced by the award winning director Spike Lee, C.S.A. is a wickedly clever 'mockumentary' that attempts to show what life in America may have been like if the South had won the civil war. The film is peppered with fake adverts, together with some that are rooted in reality and manages to be satirically humorous as well as genuinely thought provoking. With it's close-to-the-bone political satire, C.S.A. will appeal to fans of comedians such as Chris Morris and Mark Thomas. This is a fascinating piece of film-making that challenges our attitudes about race with real effectiveness.
Greg Kirsch, Renee Patrick, Molly Graham, Rupert Pate, Evamarii Johnson, Greg Hurd, Ryan L. Carroll, Don Carlton, Kevin McKinney, Will Averill, Arlo Kasper, Joe Bugni, Troy Moore
William Willmott, Patti Van Slyke, Joyce Jefferson, Berna Jean Crofton, John Keating, Robert Howig, Steve Jansen, Robert C. Dusin, Byron Myrick, Glenn Q. Pierce, Marvin Voth, John Staniunas, Greg Funk, John Drees, Ruth Willmott, Jody Willmott, Benjamin Meade, Gene Hockman, Adam Carey, Bonnie Lynn Tolson
Cleverly written fake documentary.
- Csa: Confederate States of America review by Shatner's Bassoon
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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 abolished. The entire film is presented as a "real" documentary and even includes commercial breaks complete with fake adverts and trailers for fake TV shows. The film creates an alternative history and follows a timeline in which after the civil war America became an imperial superpower expanding into Mexico and Southern America, was sympathetic to Nazi Germany and then entered into a cold war with Canada. The clever thing about C.S.A is that as well as being amusing, expertly written and presented it also often pricks your conscience and makes you think about a world in which slavery was a part of everyday life, without you feeling like at any time the film-maker is preaching to you, and the excellent epilogue to the main documentary shows the origins of many household brand names. If you like documentaries then this is well worth a rental.
Much weaker than I anticipated
- Csa: Confederate States of America review by Londoner
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Not funny at all, but that was not what I expected. I expected some important insights about USA’s politics and worldview, but after just a few minutes the only real insight was over. And that is its racist mindset. However, the film does not connect insightfully with other icons of Americana, like its fascist adoration of the Flag and the President, and its fear of the wider world.