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The official poster for Spike Lee’s upcoming satire, Chi-Raq has been posted online. As the film inches closer to its release date, the controversy and dissatisfaction from those in the city of Chicago continues to grow.

Lee’s film, based on the Greek comedy, Lysistrata, centers on a group of women who abstain from sex to persuade their significant others to end the gang violence in Chicago. Chi-Raq is directed by Spike Lee and written by Lee and Kevin Willmott (C.S.A.: Confederate States of America).


The film’s title, a combination of “Chicago” and “Iraq,” has caused some controversy. Members of the City council and city residents have requested that Lee change the name of the film, going as far as to threaten the tax credits that the filmmaker will receive from the city. Chi-Raq is a common endonym of residents of Chicago’s South Side, used to describe the area as a war zone due to its high crime rates.

Chi-Raq opens in theaters and premieres on Amazon Prime on December 4, 2015. Check out the official poster and trailer below: