Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

It's not every day that you end up rooting for a bank, but the story 'Abacus: Small Enough to Jail' tells is no ordinary tale.

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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

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.
Genre
Documentary
Runtime
88
Language
English
Director
Steve James
FEATURED REVIEW
Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

The title of Steve James' new documentary "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" is a play on a phrase that was popularized during the 2008 financial crisis: that certain banks were "too big to fail" and had to be rescued by the United States government to stave off total economic collapse. Among the more ...

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