Friday, August 18, 2006

The Confederate States of America

Saw the "Confederate States of America" film last night. Here's the spiel:

Set in an contemporary alternative world where the Confederate States of America managed to win the American Civil War, a British film documentary examines the history of this nation. Beginning with its conquest of the northern states, the film covers the history of this state where racial enslavement became triumphant and the nation carried sinister designs of conquest. Interspersed throughout are various TV commercials of products of a virulent racist nature as well as public service announcements promoting this tyranny. Only at the end do you learn that there is less wholly imagined material in the film than you might suspect.

The film begins with a quote from George Bernard Shaw: "If you are going to tell people the truth, be sure to make them laugh, for otherwise they will kill you."

Funny, and yet edgy given that if a couple of key battles had gone the other way, this is how things may well have panned out. I commend it to you.

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