CSA: THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
Extremely Boring Satire
Release Date: February 17, 2006
Genre: Mock Documentary/Satire
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 89 minutes
Distributor: IFC Films
Director: Kevin Willmott
Executive Producer: Andrew Herwitz and Marvin Voth
Producer: Rock Cowan
Writer: Kevin Willmott
Address Comments To:Joshua Sapan, President/CEO
IFC Films/IFC Entertainment
Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc.
(Independent Movie Channel/IFC Films/Bravo Networks)
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The movie in fact is a long, tedious, one trick pony pitch turned into a boring docudrama. Even the left-wing audience was squirming in its seat.
That said; let us make perfectly clear that racism is abhorrent. In Christ, there is no black or white, male or female, etc. In other words, in Jesus, there is equality. And God creates us in His image, endowing us with certain inalienable rights.
Furthermore, there are many things that need to be fixed in the United States and among the American people, but, as one professor said, when you compare the United States with other countries, we are much better off here than in most other parts of the world. In fact, in very few other countries can you produce a movie like this one that's so antagonistic toward all things about the country wherein it was made.
The movie is a mock British Broadcasting Service (as opposed to BBC) documentary about the Confederate States of America. The movie creates a history where the Confederates convinced England and France to come to their aid so they could win the "War of Northern Aggression." The whole history of the Confederacy is dedicated to establishing a National Socialist (or fascist), racist, Aryan, Christian state (this is an extremely bigoted, untrue view of Christianity). As this alternate history develops, America makes a hero out of Adolf Hitler.
To get the defeated North to buy into the slavery, they tax everyone, unless they own a slave. Thus, to get out of taxes, you've got to buy a slave.
The Confederate States conquer South America and make all of them second-class citizens. In their conquest, they kill a lot of people, beat, plunder and rape, most of which is discussed with some black and white photos.
Abraham Lincoln flees to Harriet Tubman, and she puts blackface on him so that he can escape to Canada. Canada then becomes the model, Neo-Marxist, anti-racist state. For some reason, however, the Confederacy never attacks Canada.
In between this alternate, satiric history, that could have been funny with a little genius, there are many commercials that are extremely racist. The commercials sell products such as "Darkie" toothpaste or "Sambo" Oil, or "Coon" Restaurants or "Jigaboo" Cigarettes. The African Americans are always Step-N-Fetch-its, and the whites are always paternalistic. Ads for TV programs feature LEAVE IT TO BEULAH, the black slave who's clueless no matter how badly she's treated by her white masters. At the end of the movie, the filmmaker shows some real products that supposedly incorporate these racist products, such as Aunt Jemima Syrup and Uncle Ben's Rice.
It is incredible that the filmmakers could come up with so many ideas that have promise and execute them all in such a tedious manner. The trailer for this movie is better than the movie. Although it is a spoof, a satire, and a farce, the acting is below par. Some of it is outright embarrassing. As the great acting teacher, Lee Strasberg taught, if you're going to play a fool, it is not enough just to act foolish.
This movie is so bad that it reminds one of a sophomore drama, full of self-important ideas with no ability to execute them. The problem may be that the filmmaker was unable to laugh at himself. Although racism is abhorrent, it is also clear that not every product advertised for African Americans is racist.
The worst part is the movie's revisionist history. George Washington is portrayed as the father of slavery and the Confederate States. Lincoln did say some absurd things about slavery, but he grew in office to understand the necessity for the abolition of slavery. People are not static. People mature. If you tar every white leader with racism, then you are yourself being racist.
This repugnant movie filled with racist epithets is so bad that it reminds one of a sophomore drama, full of self-important ideas and with no ability to execute them. The problem may be that the director/writer was unable to laugh at himself. Although racism is abhorrent, it is also clear that the Civil War, not to mention American history, is not as black and white as the director proposes.