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14 February 2018

RIDM+ FEBRUARY | ABACUS, Small Enough To Jail

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RIDM launch their monthly screenings cycle RIDM+ with ABACUS, Small Enough To Jail, the last film by Steve James.

Thursday, February 22nd at 7 p. m.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells 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, 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.

Skilfully mixing interviews, journalistic and legal articles, archives and scenes from private everyday life, Steve James shows his empathy for the people in need. Due to the fact that the Sung family’s bank, for questionable reasons, was the only bank to face criminal charges following the financial crisis, James questions the politico-legal system and the cultural community handling in the United States. Once again, he puts together a portrait of inspiring characters.

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Original English version

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Next RIDM+ screenings:


Derniers jours à Shibati by Hendrick Dusollier
Thursday, March 29th at 7 p. m.


The Other Side Of Everything by Mila Turajlic
Thursday, March at 7 p. m.

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