October 8, 2016 • 8pm, 90 MIN
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Dir. Steve James, 2016

With unprecedented access and intimate detail, celebrated documentary filmmaker, Steve James (HOOP DREAMS, STEVIE, LIFE ITSELF) tells the saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, whose family-run bank, Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York, 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 members of Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle, unflinchingly captured in ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL.

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