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Amazon Streaming Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ Film

Over the top streaming service Amazon Prime is now offering Spike Lee’s film Chi-Raq to its subscribers, two months after the film hit theaters. 

The movie, a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes which sheds light on the issue of gun violence within Chicago’s African-American community, was produced by Amazon Studios. Chi-Raq, which stars Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes and Angela Bassett, generated nearly $3 million in box office revenue during its two-month, limited theatrical run.

Lee, who recently said he would not be attending the Academy Awards due to the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations, said last September at the NAMIC Conference that Amazon and other OTT players can play a role in greenlighting multicultural-themed projects.