Film Director Spike Lee is ready to take the NRA and Chicago government head on in his latest documentary film “Chi-Raq”.
Lee’s film is based on the reoccurring gun violence in the inner-city of Chicago, and includes a celebrity commentary from Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson, Common, Wesley Snipes and John Cusack, among others.
Despite a great deal of backlash from Chicago government officials, Lee is set to release the film on Amazon Prime this winter, and hopes to bring to the forefront the issue of gun violence and the NRA’s power over the government.
Receiving backlash from local politicians for his forthcoming Chicago-based film, “Chi-raq,” won’t deter Spike Lee from highlighting gun violence in America. During a recent interview with Deadline, Lee said it is part of his responsibility as filmmaker to produce a project that reflects the harsh reality of Chicago’s concerning crime levels, especially those throughout many parts of the city’s South Side.
“I would just be irresponsible as a filmmaker to not comment on this self-inflicted genocide, which is happening,” he said. “The majority of the shootings and the killings are in the south side of Chicago. Chicago – I mean I’m not the only one to say this – arguably is one of the most segregated cities in the U.S.”
Lee began producing the film in June and spent just over a month in the city to shoot the remainder of the project. Within that time, violence in Chicago certainly didn’t cease — and Lee made note of it.
“During that time of production while we were in Chicago, 331 people got wounded and shot and 65 got murdered. And one of the issues that we talk about in this film is that guns are out of control here in America,” he said. “There has to be some gun reform and that is going to be a fight because you have to go up against the NRA, the National Rifle Association. And their lobby is very, very powerful.”
“Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq” is set to hit theaters and Amazon Prime in December.
This is exactly why you can’t help but love and respect Spike Lee.