Film: "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"

The Sung family

“As gripping as the movie is as a legal thriller, it’s even more notable as a portrait of a community.”Roger Ebert

From director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the true 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.

The film will be shown Wed., Nov. 14, 7:30 pm at Schimmel Center, 3 Spruce St.

Tickets start at $15.

There will be a post-movie Q&A with members of the Sung family.