Chi-Raq — New Featurette


added: Wed, Dec 30th '15

Amazon Studios has released a new featurette for Spike Lee's latest film "Chi-Raq," which is also the streaming company's first original movie.

Addressing such hot-button issues as gun control and black-on-black crime, the Chicago-set film is a modern-day version of the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata," in which a community of women decide to withhold sexual favors from their husbands and boyfriends as a form of political and social protest against inner-city violence.

Featuring an impressive ensemble cast that includes Mad Men's Teyonah Parris, Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Cannon, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Wesley Snipes, and John Cusack, "Chi-Raq" was released in theaters a couple of weeks back. As of yesterday, the film became available for purchase and rent on Amazon, iTunes, and other digital platforms. It will also be available on Blu-Ray and DVD starting January 16th.

Amazon also has just announced that they will start streaming "Chi-Raq" on February 4th, free for Prime members.

Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes. 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.


directed by   Spike Lee

starring   Teyonah Parris, Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Cannon, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Roger Guenveur Smith, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, Dave Chappelle

release date   December 29, 2015 (available on Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Etc.), January 16, 2016 (Blu-Ray, DVD), February 4, 2016 (streaming on Amazon)

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