Chi-Raq (/ʃaɪˈræk/) is a 2015 American satirical musical drama film, directed and produced by Spike Lee and co-written by Lee and Kevin Willmott. Set in Chicago, the film focuses on the gang violence prevalent in neighborhoods on the city’s south side, particularly the Englewood neighborhood.
The story is based on Aristophanes‘ Lysistrata, a Classical Greek comedy play in which women withhold sex from their husbands as punishment for fighting in the Peloponnesian War. It stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson.
After a child is accidentally killed in a gang shooting, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the ongoing violence in Chicago’s Southside: They will withhold sex from their men until they agree to lay down arms. Lysistrata is inspired by Leymah Gbowee who led a peace movement to stop Second Liberian Civil War with their feminine sexuality. Lysistrata’s lover, rapper/gang leader Demetrius – nicknamed “Chi-Raq” – retaliates by intensifying his feud with gang lord Cyclops. Lysistrata’s movement challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world, and raises tensions in his already violent neighborhood.
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