CSA: The Confederate States of America


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CSA: The Confederate States of America

  • 2004
  • Directed By: Kevin Willmott
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 89 Minutes
  1. Monday, October 14, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Image from the film CSA: The Confederate States of America

The Films of Kevin Willmott

Kevin Willmott's CSA: The Confederate States of America asks "What if the South had won the War?" In this provocative satire, Willmott imagines an alternate history where slavery is still legal. Using the film-within-afilm technique, Willmott constructs a TV documentary that examines the legacy of the victorious Confederates. Commercial breaks add another layer of humor, featuring real-world products such as an electric shackle to deter runaway slaves and "Darkie" toothpaste. Of particular note is a spoof of a D.W. Griffith film featuring a fugitive Abraham Lincoln. After its successful premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Spike Lee assisted in the film’s distribution. (2K DCP presentation)

This screening is sponsored by The Black Film Center/Archive, Departments of English, History, American Studies, Communication and Culture, and African American and African Diaspora Studies. Special thanks to De Witt Douglas Kilgore.