'Chi-Raq' film screening and discussion at the Ross

'Chi-Raq' film screening and discussion at the Ross

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Classics and Religious Studies Department and CORE* present an introduction and post-screening discussion of “Chi-Raq," Spike Lee's newest film, at 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Ross Media Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“Chi-Raq” is based on the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by the poet Aristophanes about a group of women who institute a sex strike to force the men to end an ongoing war. The film has been adapted to fit modern Chicago by offering a diverse range of cultures that come together.

The film screening will be preceded by an introduction on both the classical roots of the film by Professor Mike Lippman, as well as an introduction to Spike Lee's previous work by Kwakiutl Dreher, associate professor of English. Following the screening, there will be a talk-back panel, with respondents including students, faculty members from multiple departments, administrators and community members.

Click here to watch Spike Lee discuss the film and its importance on Late Night with Stephen Colbert.

*CORE is a council of multicultural registered student organization executives who work to promote diversity at UNL. They previously organized the Black Lives Matter rally on campus. RSOs in CORE actively working on this project include the African Student Association; Afrikan People's Union; Middle Eastern Students Unite; and the Multicultural Business Student Association.