Stories about Aristophanes

Is Spike Lee’s film, Chi-raq, a hit or miss?

Chi-raq (2015) is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play, Lysistrata, by Aristophanes. It is set against the backdrop of a city riddled with gang violence and showcases innocent civilians getting caught in the crossfire. Up until one day, when an incident involving a young girl’s death ultimately leads Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) and all the women of the city to withhold sex from their men until peace is attained. Chi-raq is a difficult film to recommend, mainly because I’m not sure which demographic Spike Lee was aiming for. It’s a very admirable film with a powerful message and boasts of great performances all around, ...

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