Our class conversations over the past few weeks, both on Chi-raq and 4 Little Girls, have led me to think deeper about Chi-raq. Before, I felt that my beef with the film was on the grounds of Lee’s intention. Now I feel like more of the film was satire than I gave it credit for—with Chi-raq Lee has come to a point where he feels like there are fewer and fewer ways to get his point across that there are not many options for black people in America. We are past the point of looking to the establishment for help. In some ways, despite its failed satirical aspects (or perhaps because of them), the film reads as a cry for the black community (and America) to turn their eyes to Chicago because there is no way to make sense of what is going on on the South side.
I thought that our conversation in class about Chi-raq essentially being two films was very interesting, and I agree. Perhaps it was because Lee knew that he had to convey the gravity of the situation in Englewood clearly so that all was not lost in the satire. I definitely plan to re-watch this film (even though I’m not necessarily looking forward to it—it was one of the hardest films to watch I’ve encountered this semester), so I can come closer to forming a full opinion on it.