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.
CHI-RAQ receives its UK Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival SONIC Gala - 15th October.