Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago coming to you by way of Spike Lee Joint productions.
After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago's Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.
The movie stars Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris (Dear White People), Anya Engel-Adams, Wesley Snipes (Blade), Angela Bassett (Olympus Has Fallen), Jennifer Hudson and Dave Chappelle, while Samuel L. Jackson (Kingsman: The Secret Service) introduces the film and serves as the narrator of events.
This movie has been creating quite the ruckus, as the title of the film indicates it will be a movie depicted to the actual events occurring in Chicago and which have given rise to the term Chi-Raq. Those events were depicted, according to moviegoers, with some satisfaction in the movie Straight Outta Compton.
However, this is an adaptation of a Greek play set against the backdrop of those same events, meaning they will merely be drawing their inspiration from said events.
We should assume any correlation to actual events will be coincidental and by way of the story driven by the play and not taken straight from the headlines. But it's a hot issue and one people take seriously, so hopefully people will give Spike Lee the benefit of the doubt that he has the very best intentions.
This film will receive a limited release on December 4.