Combining Ancient Greek comedy with modern gang warfare isn’t an obvious choice. But for Spike Lee, Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata offered an opportunity to show the violence raging in modern Chicago, where gun violence has become so extreme that a Chicago rapper, King Louie, coined the portmanteau Chiraq to describe it.
With Teyonah Parris as Lysistrata, the movie, most of it in verse and rap, gives members of the Chicago community impacted by gun violence (several of whom were cast in the film) a chance to take a stand against the war raging in their neighborhoods. If you are looking for a good research paper topic on gun violence, film adaptation, or for your classics course, consider looking at the themes of the Chi-Raq movie. Read more