Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail at CMU International Film Festival, March 24 and 25.

In addition to the two films on Asia, the Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival will show Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, a 2016 documentary on "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.
The movie will play on March 24 at the Harris Theater downtown and on March 25 at Carnegie Mellon. The screenings include a Q&A session with director Steve James. Tickets are available online.