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Directed by Steve James
“A classic underdog tale.” – The New York Times
“As gripping as the movie is as a legal thriller, it’s even more notable as a portrait of a community.” – Roger Ebert
From acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), 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.
Join us for a post-movie Q&A with members of the Sung family.
A Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Films production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Blue Ice Film Fund.