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After the 2008 financial crisis that nearly destroyed the world economy, none of the American financial institutions faced prosecutions for their shady dealings that contributed to this debacle, except one. Abacus Federal Savings Bank, a small Chinese-American bank that catered to the neglected market of their community, was indicted on fraud charges and loan falsifications. As the bank disputed these accusations, many in the mainstream news media noticed that far larger competitors appeared to have committed similar misdeeds without legal consequence; likely because they were "too big to fail." This film explores the history of Abacus and its legal battle for survival against this hypocritical, and likely racist, application of the law that seemed to determined to punish them as a scapegoat for crimes that much larger felons deserve to face.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I don't know if you've heard, but the American justice system is probably too cozy with the Big Banks. The beauty of this little doc is that it puts a personal face on the decidedly impersonal numbers, giving a portrait of a family unjustly taking the fall for corporations much worse than them. Especially love the natural comparison it makes to It's a Wonderful Life...because maybe it's not always that wonderful.
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