Past Event: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

When: Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Price: $12 & up | $10 for Museum Members
Courtesy of “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Steve James, 88 min, 2017) documents the gripping saga of the Sung family – Chinese immigrants and owners of Abacus Federal Savings Bank in Manhattan’s Chinatown.  Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus was the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.  The indictment and subsequent trial forced the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.

The film will be followed by a talkback with Chinatown activist Don Lee and Sung family members Chanterelle Sung, Jill Sung, and Vera Sung of Abacus Federal Savings Bank. 

Includes Museum admission and beer courtesy of Harlem Blue.

This event is part of the second season of our nonfiction film series, Smile, It’s Your Close Up: New York's Documentaries, co-programmed with Jessica Green and Edo Choi of the Maysles Documentary Center, which zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question: “What makes New York New York?” To view all of the programs in this series, click here.

$15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students, and educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum and Maysles Documentary Center Members.  Includes Museum admission 

View a trailer of the film here:

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Groups of 10 or more get discounts and priority seating, email or call us at or 917-492-3395.

Assistive listening devices are available during our events. Our auditorium can accommodate manual wheelchairs, however, our wheelchair lift cannot currently accommodate electric or motorized wheelchairs. Please contact the Public Programs Department at 917.492.3395 or with any questions or concerns.

Our Partners

Presented in collaboration with the Maysles Documentary Center with beer generously provided by Harlem Blue.

Special thanks to the Chinatown Working Group, the Columbia University Film Program, the Documentary Forum at City College of New York, The Documentary Group, and the W.O.W. Project.

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