The first in a series of exclusive commissions for Protein TV, Chi Raq is an intimate video portrait of life in South and West Chicago.For the past decade, Chicago has been enduring a violence epidemic, with a death toll in the thousands and casualties mirroring the losses experienced by the US army in Iraq war over the same period. Allowing its subjects to take centre stage and tell their stories in their own words, Robson-Scottʼs film is unflinchingly honest in its depiction of life on the streets of one of the most dangerous cities in America.
Commissioned for Protein TV, Chi Raq is a powerful work that allows its subjects to take centre stage and tell their stories in their own words. With contributions from gang members – both ex- and current – to unfortunate residents caught in the crossfire, survivors mourning lost loved ones and community leaders desperately trying to quell the violence, Will’s film presents the diverse human face of a neighbourhood drowning in gang warfare.
The full film will be released on Protein TV on 13th August 2013: prote.in/tv