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Abacus - small enough to jail

USA 2016 | 88 min | MITTEN MEDIA, MOTTO PICTURES, KARTEMQUIN

PBS Distribution, FRONTLINE and ITVS

 

Director: Steve James
Producer: Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
Cinematographer: Tom Bergmann
Editor: John Farbrother, David E. Simpson
Composer: Joshua Abrams
Co Producers: Fenell Doremus, Nick Verbitsky


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 Bank 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.

 

RUNNER UP - GROLSCH PEOPLE'S CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARD
2016 Toronto International Film Festival

WORLD PREMIERE
2016 Toronto International Film Festival

US PREMIERE
2016 New York Film Festival

EUROPEAN PREMIERE
2016 IDFA: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

 

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