CSA: Confederate States of America

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Released 2004

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Director:
Kevin Willmott
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
CSA: Confederate States of America is a faux documentary from 2004 directed by Kevin Willmot. The film imagines an alternate history of the Civil War, where the southern states won, and formed the CSA. The film is presented as a British documentary. Two experts provide commentary and an historical timeline of the CSA is shown. At the start of the Civil War, the United Kingdom and France financially and militarily support the confederate states, and aid in creating the CSA. There is film footage showing Harriet Tubman helping Abraham Lincoln escape to Canada. During World War II the CSA was friendly with Hitler and the Nazis, but preferred to exploit non-white races, not exterminate them. Present day CSA presidential candidate, John Ambrose Fauntroy V (Larry Peterson) the great-grandson of one of the creators of the CSA, provides historical commentary. The director was inspired to make this provocative film after viewing The Civil War by Ken Burns.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    CSA is rough around the edges, especially where the acting and some of the film's invented characters are concerned. But the way CSA works out its ideas is so provoking that its dr...

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    More intriguing on paper than when it actually unspools onscreen. Kevin Willmott's small-scaled but ambitious picture is well-researched, sometimes amusing and not unintelligent.

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Like Mr. Lee's hit-and-miss effort ("Bamboozled"), Mr. Willmott's alternative history takes its inspiration and its rage from an America that has come both a long way and not nearl...

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