Wednesday, April 26, 2006

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

(This review contains no significant spoilers.)

Last weekend, Nick, Lisa, Greg, Alison and I watched C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America. The film, written and directed by an African American film professor from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, is a mockumentary; it takes a Ken-Burns-style look at American History since the Civil War, but it is set in a universe where the South won the "War of Northern Aggression." As a result, slavery, racism, and sexism have not only continued in the South, but spread across the country and beyond. The movie is sometimes funny, often thought-provoking, and always discomforting. What really made the flick one worth seeing were the mock advertisements for products and services available in that universe. The most horrifying part was learning, in the epilog, just how many of these advertised goods were extrapolations of real-world products and services.

Overall, I give it 7.5 out of 10.

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