Homicides in Chicago, Illinois, have surpassed the death toll of Americans’ special forces in Iraq.
Watch the first trailer for Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago and focusing on the story of a woman who protests black-on-black gun violence by going on a sex strike.
“A wife had a baby, but it was born with only a head and no body. ‘Don’t worry,’ says the doctor. 'Bring him back in five years time, and we’ll probably have a body for him’. So five years go by, and there’s Eddie the 'Ead, as his parents have called him, sitting on the mantelpiece, when in walks his dad. 'Son,’ he says, 'today’s a very special day. It’s your fifth birthday, and we’ve got a very special surprise for you.’ 'Oh no,’ says Eddie. 'Not another fucking hat!’