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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 7 July 2017 (UK)
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A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States' 2008 mortgage crisis.

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Steve James
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Neil Barofsky Neil Barofsky ... Himself
Ti-Hua Chang Ti-Hua Chang ... Herself
Margaret Colin ... Herself
Justin Deas ... Himself
Jiayang Fan Jiayang Fan ... Himself
Roman Fuzaylov Roman Fuzaylov ... Himself
Polly Greenberg Polly Greenberg ... Herself - Chief, D.A.'s Major Economic Crimes Bureau
Linda Hall Linda Hall ... Herself
Don Lee Don Lee ... Himself
David Lindorff David Lindorff ... Himself
Kevin Puvalowski Kevin Puvalowski ... Himself
Megan Rork Megan Rork ... Himself
Mindy Shi Mindy Shi ... Himself
Chanterelle Sung Chanterelle Sung ... Herself
Heather Sung Heather Sung ... Herself
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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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Abacus. El banco que pagó la crisis See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,528, 19 May 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,621, 14 July 2017
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Steve James' first Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature, following notable omissions like "Hoop Dreams" and "Life, Itself". See more »

Quotes

Himself - Founder, Abacus Federal Savings Bank: Abacus, you know, is the Chinese calculator. China Regards abacus as a national treasure. So we say we'll name the bank Abacus.
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It's Not Such a Wonderful Life
23 February 2018 | by matthewssilverhammerSee all my reviews

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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