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Humorous and haunting satire on race

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This is certainly an eye-opening film. This mocumentary takes place in an alternate history where the Confederate States won the Civil War. Presenting the nation's history after the events, the Confederate States of America shows an alternate reality where slaves were still commonplace and the nation was clearly under the fist of white, straight, Christian men. Now, is this film a well-researched piece of alternate history? Well, according to people on the internet, NOPE. But much more than an accurate historical representation, the film works in being a satire on current racial issues in America. Plus this film did teach me more about elements about the Civil War and early America that plenty of my history classes glossed over: 

-Samuel A. Cartwright and his ridiculous pseudoscience 
-The Southern States plans to expand slave-states in a “Golden Circle” 
-Judah P. Benjamin and his endeavor to bring foreign powers into the Civil War 
-And many other ridiculous details that have some historical parallel to real events 

 Along with the mocumentary itself, there are interludes throughout the film that showcase advertisements and news breaks that both provide some of the most humorous and shocking moments of the film. But it is also an interesting way to showcase all the racist products that were prevalent at one point in American history. These commercial interludes and the mocumentary's overall presentation help expose how slavery has been engraved in American culture and how a white-dominated culture (or rather a culture without diversity or different viewpoints) is a stunted, boring culture. Such a politically charged documentary is certainly not going to everyone's liking but for those who find the concept interesting, I'd say it's worth a watch.


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Added by Ricky49er
1 year ago on 6 November 2015 02:37



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