Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail transcends its less-than-dramatic trappings to present a gripping real-life legal thriller with far-reaching implications.

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Abacus, a small family-run bank, 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 itself -- and its bank's legacy in the Chinatown community -- over the course of a five-year legal battle.

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Steve James
Director
Raney Aronson
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Christopher Clements
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Sally Jo Fifer
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Justine Nagan
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Gordon Quinn
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Betsy Steinberg
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Joshua Abrams
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  • Dec 05, 2018
    A really good example of how to make a cohesive documentary that touches on so many aspects of a legal case and yet never loses its focus or feels superficial, becoming even quite touching and tense as we realize what is at stake for this family who needs to prove their innocence.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2018
    The most interesting thing here is the way the narrative frames the fallout from the '08 Financial Crisis. The public and the Government's thirst for vengeance coupled with an unwillingness to go after those who were really responsible meant that somebody had to be offered as a sacrifice . . . And Steve James isn't afraid to explore the obvious racism in the targeting of the Sung family.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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