Film Screening – "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"

  • Thu, October 18, 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • University of Houston Law Center, 4604 Calhoun Rd, Houston, Texas 77204

When: Thursday, October 18th, 2018, 7- 8:30 PM
Where: University of Houston Law Center, Room 144 TUII (4604 Calhoun Rd. Houston, TX 77004)

Join us for a free community screening at UH! 

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is a 2016 American documentary film by Steve James. The film centers on the Abacus Federal Savings Bank, a family-owned community bank situated in Manhattan's Chinatown in New York City which, because it was deemed "small enough to jail" rather than "too big to fail", became the only financial institution to actually face criminal charges following the subprime mortgage crisis. The film premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was first runner-up for the People's Choice Award in the documentary category and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards. 

Matt Zoller Seitz of, declared Abacus to be "another classic" from Steve James, giving the film 4 out of 4 stars. He praised James' "knack for finding the universal within the specific, and often a much larger and more complex story nestled within a specific account of one event." Seitz also pointed out that even though the film is engrossing as a legal thriller, "it's even more notable as a portrait of a community. James... has constructed a rich and revealing context for this tale, and it's one that is rarely showcased in American cinema.... a thriving community [Chinatown] that defines itself in relation the mainstream of American culture and that is aspirational but never entirely comfortable or accepted." 

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