There’s been a lot of buzz in the past few months concerning director, Spike Lee’s new film (tentatively) titled Chi-raq. From a title controversy to being Amazon’s first original film project, the film has not failed to draw attention to itself since production began.
Chi-raq, which has been described as a retelling of the classical Greek play Lysistrata, tells the story of the violence ravaged inner city Chicago through the eyes of a woman (played by Teyonah Parris), who protests black-on-black gun violence by going on a sex strike.
Shot entirely on location in Chicago, the film stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.
Although the film was originally planned for a 2016 Cannes Film Festival release, Spike Lee and Amazon have suddenly taken a u-turn and decided to release the film for a limited theatrical run this December. This move is to enable the film make the cut for the 2016 award season.
Chi-raq was written by Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee, who also doubles as the film’s director.
If you know Spike Lee, then you know his style of storytelling is confident and audacious, and Chi-raq, I expect will not be different.
By the way, if you’re wondering what the title means, it’s a nickname for Chicago gotten from a comparison (and fusion) of the city with Iraq. This title has generated a lot of criticisms for Spike Lee, most notably from the city’s mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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