‘Chi-raq’ is the latest film by Spike Lee, set in Chicago the film satires the gang violence and high crime rates on the city’s south side.
The term ‘Chi-raq’ is an endonym used by south siders to describe their violent neighbourhoods.
In the film women in the area withdraw sexual favours until the violence ends.
Spike Lee sees the movie as a modern American tale: “We think that we made a film that’s about contemporary America and deals with issues in America today that affects all Americans. We have to come out from under the tyranny of the NRA and the gun manufacturers. That’s what it comes down to. And not vote politicians into office that accept money from both of them.”
The movie hit the screens soon after the release of
a controversial police video which shows 17-year-old “Laquan McDonald’‘:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Laquan_McDonald being shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.
The black teenager, armed with a knife was fleeing the police at the time.
The video was suppressed until after the re-election of Mayor
Once the video was released Emanuel sacked Chicago’s police superintendent.
John Cusack condemned the violence and politicking: “I think that 2200 people being shot a year, and 500 murders, it’s just not acceptable, and obviously, it’s very tragic that information was suppressed for an election cycle.”
After the first screening in New York Spike Lee led a demo in Times Square to combat gun violence.
The film is out is the US.