Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudon
Genre: Musical Drama
Country of Origin: USA 2016 127 mins. (15)
Released by Vertigo Releasing
Opening with Mike Cannon's 'Pray 4 My City', - 'I don't live in Chicago, I live in Chi-Raq,' Spike Lee's dazzling, energetic, ambitious, stylish, theatrical, hip-hop adaptation of the Greek play 'Lysistrata' is set in Chicago's South side and drops in a snappily dressed Samuel L. Jackson to narrate the events.
When an 11-year-old girl is killed in a crossfire battle between Chi-Raq's (NIck Cannon) Spartans and Cyclops' (Wesley Snipes) Trojans, Lysistrata, (played by the terrific Teyomah Parris) Chi-Raq's hot girl and the women on both sides offer a 'no peace, no pussy' ultimatum.
An in-your-face, antigun satire that successfully mixes theatrical sequences with musical numbers and focuses on Chicago's hellish statistic of more gun related killings than in Iraq !!