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Abacus : small enough to jail / directed by Steve James ; produced by Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman ; a Mitten Media, Motto Pictures and Kartemquin Films production for WGBH/Frontline and Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Blue Ice Docs.

DVD DVD ([2017])
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color with 1 black and white sequence ; 4 3/4 in.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2017]
4 of 4 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries). (Show all copies)
1 of 1 copy available at Gloucester.
0 current holds with 4 total copies.
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Gloucester Adult DVDs DVD/NON-FICTION/ Abacus (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 1531702201
  • ISBN: 9781531702205
General Note: English and Chinese dialogue; subtitles in English or Chinese.
Creation/Production Credits: Director of photography, Tom Bergmann ; editors, John Farbrother, David E. Simpson ; music, Joshua Abrams.
Participant or Performer: With: Thomas Sung, Jill Sung, Vera Sung, Heather Sung, David Lindorf, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Chanterelle Sung, Polly Greenberg.
Date/Time and Place of an Event:
Originally broadcast by PBS Sept. 12, 2017.
Summary: Acclaimed director Steve James tells the saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only bank prosecuted after 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.
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TV rating: Not rated.
System Details:
DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen presentation; 5.1 surround, 2.0 stereo.
English and Chinese dialogue; subtitles in English or Chinese.
Authors: James, Steve, 1955- (film director.). Mitten, Mark, 1958- (film producer.). Goldman, Julie, (film producer.). Sung, Thomas, 1935- (interviewee.). Sung, Jill, (interviewee.). Sung, Vera, (interviewee.). Bergmann, Tom, (director of photography.). Farbrother, John, 1968- (editor of moving image work.). Simpson, David E., (editor of moving image work.). Abrams, Josh, (composer (expression)). Mitten Media, (production company.). Motto Pictures, (production company.). Kartemquin Films, (production company.). WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.), (broadcaster.). Independent Television Service, (broadcaster.). Blue Ice Docs, (production company.). PBS Distribution (Firm), (publisher.).
Citation: James, Steve. "Abacus : small enough to jail." Arlington, Virginia : PBS Distribution, 2017.
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