Abacus: Small Enough to Jail - Institutional Edition DVD

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From acclaimed director Steve James (The Interrupters), this Academy Award® Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the 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 bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial ... More
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From acclaimed director Steve James (The Interrupters), this Academy Award® Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the 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 bank prosecuted after 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.

Producer: Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
Production Year: 2017
Copyright Year: 2017
Rating: NR
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 89 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH); Mandarin
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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"A compelling, non-fiction thriller" - NPR

"An incredible true story that's almost too cinematic to be believed" - Indiewire

"One of the great documentaries of recent years." - David Poland, Movie City News

"Both an affirmation and an indictment of the American Dream." -Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

"A classic underdog tale" - Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

3 stars out of 4 stars
"The only U.S. bank tried for mortgage fraud since 2008, the evidence suggests they were selected as a tempting target while the big fish went free. Recommended."" - Video Librarian



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