“C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America is a 2004 mockumentary directed by Kevin Willmott. It is 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 C.S.A. history from its founding until the 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. C.S.A was released on DVD on August 8, 2006.
Willmott, who had earlier written a screenplay about abolitionist John Brown, told interviewers he was inspired to write the story after seeing an episode of Ken Burns’ The Civil War. It was produced through his Hodcarrier Films.”
While the above description of this film as a “mockumentary” is accurate, recent events in the USA remind us that fiction is never far from truth.
I thought it was a good time to re-visit Willmott’s masterful satire on post-Civil War U.S. History, given the release of the director’s latest film in February: Destination Planet Negro. Willmott’s new satire tells the story of a meeting held in the 1930s of a secret group of black leaders who have determined the only solution to the race problem is for “colored folks” to leave the planet. Their plan to send an expedition to Mars to determine if it is suitable for a colony goes awry, and the three astronauts wind up in present-day America.
Shadow and Act has posted a trailer of Destination Planet Negro and additional info about the film.