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CSA: Confederate States of America
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By slyly nudging both history and the language of television, this mock documentary about an America won by the Confederacy ... manages to be both shocking and strangely banal in equal measure."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A piece of well-crafted righteous indignation."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Brimming with daring concepts though only sporadically united into a lacerating whole"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"a satirist's distorted reflection of today's globe-mastering US, as presided over by a god-fearing Southerner with imperialist tendencies and a penchant for warmongering."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"As funny as it is provocative, this is a startling film on every level."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The satire comes to feel strained and the whole premise gets awfully precious, reducing social subtleties to cinematic simplicities."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"[Writer/Director] Willmott could have easily stumbled over his own cleverness but, as with the rest of the movie, his fantasia is intellectually rigorous and makes for stimulating debate."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"interesting, though very melodramatic"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Unrelenting in its cleverness but repetitive in hammering home this message of shameful black oppression."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Its attack on American racist capitalism is provocative, disturbing and powerful satire . . . shows us through fiction what Katrina has already revealed in fact."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"A sometimes incisive, sometimes amateurish look at race in America, the things we do and tolerate as a nation that are really no different from an America ruled by unrepentant slave-holders."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Funny, disturbing, smart and consciously outrageous."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's a film beaming with fertile ideas."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If you've ever wondered what the course America history might have taken if the south had won the Civil War, you might like to check out this infinitely creative, alternately sobering and humorous look at America's lingering legacy of racism."
‑ Kam Williams, EURWeb
"The film's decision to incorporate genuine examples of human horror (photographs of the Wounded Knee Massacre and Southern lynch mob violence) are thoroughly out of place in a movie that tries to score satirical points."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
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