Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Directed by Steve James. US. 2016. NR. 1 hour 28 minutes. PBS. Digital.
Fri., February 16, 2018 thru Thu., February 22, 2018
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.
Oscar-Nominated for Best Documentary Feature
“It’s an exemplary piece of filmmaking… The family moments generate such humour and warmth it’s almost too painful to contemplate the humiliation and ruin should the verdict go against them.” – Tom Charity, Sight & Sound