'Chi-Raq' premieres in Chicago

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -- The controversial Spike Lee film ‘Chi-Raq’ premiered in Chicago Sunday night at the Chicago Theater. Only a select number of fans and the cast were able to view the film. The movie opens in theaters nationwide on December 4.

‘Chi-Raq’ was filmed here in Chicago and focuses on gang violence on the city's South Side and includes stars like Jennifer Hudson, Nick Cannon and John Cusack.

Before the red carpet event in the Loop, most in the cast went to church at St. Sabina’s.  Father Michael Pfleger wasn't just serving up a sermon, but gratitude to film director Spike Lee.

“Let me say this loud and clear for all the haters and the critics with their own agenda, thank you Spike Lee for addressing an issue that nobody has the courage to address thank you cast for being a part of this to help deal with this...thank you,” said Father Pfleger.

Spike Lee, a New York native, has also become a voice about the violence in Chicago.

“Chicago, you got to deal with the truth, these numbers don’t lie,” said Lee. “You can dig your head in the sand and say Spike's from New York he don't know what he's talking about, but the truth is the truth no matter where you come from.”

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