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Smile, It's Your Close Up 2: Abacus


  • Museum of the City of New York 1220 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10029 United States (map)

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Steve James, 2016, 90 min

Steve James, 2016, 90 min

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail documents the incredible saga of the Sung family, Chinese immigrants and owners of the Abacus Federal Savings bank in New York City’s Chinatown. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus became 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.

Q&A with Jill Sung, subject of Abacus and CEO of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown. More speakers to follow.

Includes Museum admission and complimentary beer courtesy of Harlem Blue.


Smile, It’s Your Close Up 2: New York’s Documentaries, a nonfiction film series co-programmed by Jessica Green and Edo Choi of the Cinema at the Maysles Documentary Center and the Museum of the City of New York, zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question, “what makes New York New York?” Each program includes an introduction or conversation with filmmakers or other notable guests.

  • $15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Maysles Documentary Center members and Museum of the City of New York members. Includes Museum of the City of New York admission.
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