Directed by Steve James | 88 minutes | Not Rated
2018 Academy Award nominee, Best Documentary Feature.
From acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams), the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted in relation to the 2008 financial crisis.
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.
“A touchingly human subplot to the financial crash, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is both an affirmation and an indictment of the American Dream.” – Hollywood Reporter