Don't miss a special screening at the Museum of the City of New York next Thursday, 10/19, at 6:30 pm- part of their nonfiction film series "Smile, It’s Your Close Up: New York's Documentaries." The series is co-programmed with the Maysles Documentary Center, and zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question: “What makes New York New York?”
Thursday's program will feature a screening of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Steve James, 2017), which 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 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.
Following the screening, there will be a talkback with panelists, including Chinatown community activist Don Lee and Sung family members, Chanterelle Sung, Jill Sung, and Vera Sung of Abacus Federal Savings Bank.
Free admission of this fantastic museum, as well as beer courtesy of Harlem Blue is included with a ticket. You can get discounted tickets with the code SMILE here!