Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Spike Lee
Production: LionsGate Entertainment
  5 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min








Boy, I live

in Chi-Raq.

This is an emergency.

This is an emergency.

Homicides in Chicago, Illinois,

have surpassed the death toll

of American

Special Forces in Iraq.

Over 400 school-aged kids

have been shot this year.

On the weekend

of July 4th, 2015,

American Independence Day,

55 people were shot and wounded

and 10 were murdered,


a seven-year-old boy.

Where was their freedom?

Where was their right

to life, liberty,

and the pursuit of happiness?

These overwhelming

numbers of homicides

are committed by

young black males

against young black males.

Heaven help us all.

Put the guns down

- Guns

- No, no

- Guns

- No, no

- Guns

- No, no

- Guns

- No, no

- Hey

- No, no

- Hey

- No, no

- Whoa

- No, no

- Yay

- No, no

Chicago to LA

Houston, Miami

All the way

to Saint-Tropez

There's gotta be

a better way

But you got to,

you got to, you got to

You got to, you got to

put the guns down

Put the guns down

From Chicago to LA

Houston, Miami

All the way

to Saint-Tropez...

All right, peace out.

- Cairo!

- What's up, what's up?

What's up, man?

You good? You good?

We good, we good.

What up?

Whoa, whoa, whoa, back up.

Back the f*** up.

Back the f*** up.

Come on, man. Come on, son.

Why you want to do that?

Chi-Raq! Chi-Raq!

Chi-Raq! Chi-Raq!

Chi-Raq! Chi-Raq!

Chi-Raq! Chi-Raq!

In the year 411 BC...

that's before

baby Jesus, y'all...

the Greek Aristophanes

penned a play

satirizing his day.

And in the style of his time,

'Stophanes made that sh*t rhyme.

Transplanted today,

we retain his verse

to show our love

for the universe.

But warning!

You gonna see some pain!

But that's only natural,

'cause it involves the gangs.

So before I unfreeze these Gs,

like the stats

you heard before...

people, people, people,

we can't take too much more!

Chi-Raq! Chi-Raq!


Chi-Raq! Chi-Raq!

Everybody make some noise!

Hey, all y'all.



- Yo, what's up?

- What up, my boy?

- T-Money!

- Yeah!

I love you, baby.

On my soul, this is my city.

Rest in peace, Cyclops.

- I'm sprung.

- Yup.

If I can't find him, I'ma find his

sister and his mother and his brother

If I can't f*** her, I'ma f*** her

sister and her mother and her cousin

My shooter loading up

the chopper shells

And he bustin',

and he bustin'

That's just how they do

in my city

What the f*** they gonna do

with my city?

In my hood with my Spartans,

all my niggas heartless

Head-shot a Trojan,

put that boy in a coffin

Gettin' money,

boy, we on it

We grinding

through the struggle

If I see them boys

in orange

Then it's about

to be some trouble

My hood on my back

I swear

all my niggas love me

If I need a job done

They gonna kill

a nigga for me

If they see me,

niggas run

But I heard

they lookin' for me

Y'all ain't really

in the field

Y'all some snitches,

y'all informants

Riding through the ops side

of town and I'm scorin'

If you kill my homie,

then I'm gonna kill yours

Smoking good weed,

popping pills with my boys

The Spartans run

the city, b*tch

And everybody know it

Everybody know,

everybody know

Pull this f***in' toolie out

and, yeah, boy, I'm scorin'

Yeah, boy,

I'm scorin'

Pull this f***in' toolie out

and everybody goin'

Cops trying to catch me

lacking up in my city

- My city

- My city

- My city

- My city

- Boom

- We pistol packing

Banging purple

up in my city

- My city

- My city

- My city

- My city

We act a fool with the tool

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Kevin Willmott

Kevin Willmott (born August 31, 1959) is an American film director and screenwriter, as well as a professor of film at the University of Kansas. He is known for work focusing on black issues including writing and directing Ninth Street, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, and Bunker Hill. His The Only Good Indian (2009) was a feature film about Native American children at an Indian boarding school and the forced assimilation that took place. more…

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