Functioning as a sort of alternative history-cum-mockumentary, the fitfully lacerating and often painfully funny "C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America" begs the question: Had the South won the Civil War, would life today be that much different? It's a discomfiting thought, one sure to inspire plenty of heated post-screening discussions.
Relying on faked interviews with phony academics and politicians, doctored photos and a healthy selection of genuine articles unearthed from the recent past (shockingly, some of the more disturbing elements in the film "? the Coon Chicken fast-food franchises, for instance "? were a part of American life as recently as the early Eighties).
Drawing his unsettling parallels, filmmaker Kevin Willmott runs out of steam well before the conclusion, but not before driving home his point: Our country, which prides itself on its improved race relations, isn't nearly as far ahead as it thinks. The included bonus material helps further flesh out Willmott's vision, with a pair of commentary tracks, deleted scenes and a making-of featurette.