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In his new film, ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL, documentarian Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) 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, one that will change their family forever.
IN PERSON: Director Steve James (5/6 & 5/7)
Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman