While Spike Lee Filmed ‘Chiraq’: 331 Hurt, 65 Killed in Shootings

While Spike Lee Filmed ‘Chiraq’: 331 Hurt, 65 Killed in Shootings

This April 29, 2014 file photo shows filmmaker and avid basketball fan Spike Lee at a news conference by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in New York announcing that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league. Lee says his wife convinced him to turn his 1986 film "She's Gotta Have It" into a television series for Showtime. The original story focused on a woman's relationship with three men, exploring the issues of race, sexuality and gentrification in the neighborhood of Brooklyn. Showtime will decide whether the show gets picked up or not. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, FIle)
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, FIle)

Mike Flannery, FOX32

 
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) – Spike Lee’s upcoming movie is named ‘Chiraq,’ but the director has other words to describe the City of Chicago.

Lee spent about six weeks filming his movie in Chicago, and now he’s now talking about the experience. He notes that during the time filming, out of control gun violence never ceased.

Some city leaders originally opposed the title ‘Chiraq,’ complaining it was invented by gang bangers to glorify their thug life violence.

But Lee says he has nothing to apologize for, now that he’s seen first-hand that the city is at the tipping point.

Lee told Deadline.com that, while he was in Chicago, “young black men” continued killing each other in a “self-inflicted genocide.” And he was struck by the racial isolation of many African-Americans in “one of the most segregated cities in the U.S.”

 

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