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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

directed by Steve James ; produced by Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman ; a Mitten Media, Motto Pictures and Kartemquin Films production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Blue Ice Docs
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
Acclaimed director Steve James 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.
Director
Steve James
Release Date
2016
Run Time
89 min.
Language
English and Chinese dialogue; subtitles in English or Chinese
Notes
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
  • Widescreen.
ISBN
9781531702205, 1531702201
Credits
Director of photography, Tom Bergmann ; editors, John Farbrother, David E. Simpson ; music, Joshua Abrams.
Published
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2017]
Publisher no.
FRN63418 PBS Distribution
Description
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD, region 1, NTSC, widescreen presentation; 5.1 surround, 2.0 stereo.
Technical Details
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