Goodbye Uncle Tom
Director: Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi
Year Released: 1971
Notorious "documentarians" Jacopetti and Prosperi travel back to pre-Civil War United States (via helicopter!) to 'show the audience' how the Southern Whites treated their African slaves: whipping, teeth removal, forced enemas, castration ... and the women they just raped and whipped or sold off. They claim that their recreations - shot in Haiti - are based on historical evidence and I believe it, but here's the problem: the two filmmakers are showcasing the atrocities committed in full detail, but they also clearly get off on the abuse and exploitation (one of the filmmakers, in first person perspective, gets into a bed with an underage girl), lingering as long as it can on the naked bodies (of all ages) of its cast of hundreds. It might seem impossible, but it manages to be both racist and anti-racist (that footage at the end of the Director's Cut is wild) at the same time, which is a pretty scuzzy achievement. Eli Roth makes a great point: how did they convince all those extras (who were descendants of actual slaves) to agree to strip down and do this?