The premier of Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq comes at a tenuous time for the city so plagued by violence that the unofficial nickname, from which Lee’s latest gets its name, compares it to the war in Iraq. Just this morning, the city’s police superintendent was fired as part of the ongoing fallout from the killing of Laquan McDonald last year by a police officer now indicted for murder. All of that only makes the relevance of the film, an update of the classical Greek comedy Lysistrata that sees the women of Chicago’s south side embarking on a sex strike in an attempt to bring the violence to an end, all the clearer.
So it’s no wonder then that after tonight’s premiere at Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Theater, Lee opted not for an after party, but instead for a protest march against guns and gun violence from the theater to Times Square. Moviegoers and New York names like Al Sharpton alike attended, and as the March proceeded, the film’s official twitter feed shared photos and observations from the scene. Among them:
The film hits theaters December 4 in limited release, with VOD release following at a to be determined date.