CSA: Confederate States of America

July 3, 2020
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Presented by Spike Lee, this 2004 British "documentary" portrays a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, alternate reality in the modern United States following a Confederate victory in the Civil War. In the mockumentary, the Confederate States has taken over the entire country and slavery is still legal.

The film was produced in an era at a time when the Lost Cause myth present in many earlier Civil War films was under scrutiny. It satirically drives home the central role slavery played in the Civil War.

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

C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America is a 2004 mockumentary directed by Kevin Willmott. It's 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 (that incorporates the former United States as well). The film 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. Rupert Pate as Sherman Hoyle, a Confederate American historian who speaks highly of the Confederate American values. Evamarii Johnson as Patricia Johnson, an African-Canadian historian whose viewpoints focus on the slaves and minorities oppressed by the Confederate regime. Larry Peterson as Senator John Ambrose Fauntroy V, descendant of Confederate senator John Ambrose Fauntroy I and Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2002. Charles Frank as the mockumentary's narrator. Director: Kevin Willmott Writer: Kevin Willmott Producers: Rick Cowan, Ollie Hall, Sean Blake, Victoria Goetz, Benjamin Meade, Andrew Herwitz and Marvin Voth. (The film, after the initial public release, became a Spike Lee production.) Editors: Sean Blake and David Gramly

101min 53sec

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    Co-Convenor of the Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement

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