Emanuel tells Spike Lee he doesn't name 'Chiraq' for film

Apr 15, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he told film director Spike Lee that he's not happy the working title of Lee's upcoming motion picture is "Chiraq."

Emanuel says he and Lee had an "honest, frank conversation" Wednesday and suggested the name would be offensive to the many good people who live in the Englewood neighborhood where the film takes place. 

The mayor says he thinks that the subject Lee told him his film would deal with - black-on-black violence - is an important topic that should be examined. 

But he says he's not pleased the title might be 'Chiraq,' a word that suggests the city is as violent and dangerous as the war zone of Iraq.