DIRECTED BY SPIKE LEE
STARRING NICK CANNON, WESLEY SNIPES, TEYONAH PARRIS, JENNIFER HUDSON, ANGELA BASSETT, JOHN CUSACK & SAMUEL L JACKSON
‘Here’s Spike Lee at his ballsiest. Who else would update Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, set in ancient Greece, to violent, present-day Chicago? Spike thrives on raising hell. Preach, brother’
Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
‘This sprawling, blistering state-of-the-reunion-address is Spike Lee’s most vital movie in years’
Justin Chang, VARIETY
‘Spike Lee’s urgent, angry – and very sexy – midlife masterpiece’
CHI-RAQ is a satirical musical drama film directed and produced by Spike Lee and co-written by Lee and Kevin Willmott.
Set in Chicago, the film is a satire that 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.
CHI-RAQ stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson. It was the first film to be produced by Amazon Studios.
Release date: 2nd December 2016