What if the South had won the Civil War? If the Emancipation Proclamation had been merely a rhetorical gesture from a President who would soon be exiled to Canada, would the United States be a world power promoting the enslavement of entire races in the name of freedom? That's the question asked by CSA, a mock documentary by writer-director Kevin Willmott. Wacky, hodgepodge, and decidedly homemade, the film nevertheless is worth seeing. Sure, it veers off into nonsense, and there are times when it loses its center. But the premise, the passion, and the scathing political commentary ultimately keep CSA afloat. If nothing else, it wins points for bravery, for its willingness to damn current U.S. policies and to expose racism so institutionalized that many people don't even notice it (by comparing both to a state of enslavement, which, in the end, is what CSA does). Willmott's Confederate States is eerily, harrowingly similar to the United States we know.
Director: Kevin Willmott
Writer: Kevin Willmott
Producer: Rick Cowan
Cast: Evamarii Johnson, Rupert Pate, Larry Peterson, Charles Frank, Fernando Arenas, Sean Blake, Richard A. Buswell, Troy Moore and Jon Niccum