Movie Of The Week: C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

Through the eyes of a British “documentary”, this film takes a sarcastically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.

A new “pseudo-documentary” examines what contemporary America would have looked like had the South won the Civil War. CSA: The Confederate States of America is the brainchild of Kevin Wilmot, a film professor at the University of Kansas. It’s an irreverent, darkly comic movie that features fake commercials for the Slave Shopping Network and images of Abe Lincoln, exiled in disgrace in Canada

The movie is presented as if it were a British documentary being broadcast on Confederate network television, and included fictional commercials between segments of the documentary. It opens with a (fictional) disclaimer that suggests that censorship came close to preventing the broadcast, that its point of view might not coincide with that of the TV network, and that it might not be suitable for viewing by children and “servants.” Its rationale disagrees with a standard Confederate understanding of American history.

It portrays two historians: Sherman Hoyle, a conservative Southerner, and Patricia Johnson, a black Canadian, as “talking heads,” providing commentary. Throughout the documentary, Confederate politician and Democratic presidential candidate, John Ambrose Fauntroy V (the great-grandson of one of the men who helped to create the CSA), is interviewed. Narration explains frank historical newsreel footage, which is either replaced for the production, or made of genuine footage dubbed with fictional narration.

Racialist adverts aimed at white slave-owning families appear throughout the movie, including an electronic shackle for tracking runaway slaves, a Runaway television program (parodying COPS), Sambo X-15 Axle Grease, Darkie Toothpaste, Gold Dust washing powder, Nigger hair cigarettes, and the Coon Chicken Inn. Additional commercials were produced but deleted from the film’s final cut, including several for the Confederate States Air Force and a children’s show, Uncle Tom and Friends. The sitcom Beulah is portrayed as Leave It to Beulah. Also shown is a slave auction held online, with the Internet replacing the traditional slave market.

C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

At the film’s end, titles note that parts of the alternate timeline are based on real history, and that some of the racist products depicted did exist.

The Confederate States of America is a fictional tongue-in-cheek account of an alternate history in which the Confederates won the American Civil War, establishing the new Confederate States of America.

The Confederate States of America primarily details significant political and cultural events of Confederate history from its founding until the early 2000s. This viewpoint is used to satirize real-life issues and events, and to shed light on the continuing existence of discrimination in American culture.

The Filmography of Spike Lee has him as a Producer of C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America.

The truth of the films satire, mockery, irony and sarcasm are a haunting reality of the American racialist objectives and plan for the stolen African in America. The Film: The Confederate States of America points out the actual destiny the government has in store for the stolen African in America. The Truth is Hidden in plain sight while American society laughs and as the stolen African in America laughs the world laughs at them.

The Filmography of Spike Lee has him listed as a Producer of C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America.

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