ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL OPENING AT THE CINEMA ART THEATER
Starting on August 18th the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL, a documentary about the nation’s 2,651st largest bank, and the only to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
Acclaimed documentarian Steve James (HOOP DREAMS, LIFE ITSELF) chronicles the case against Abacus Federal Savings, which for decades served the marginalized immigrants of New York’s Chinatown. Its founder, Thomas Sung, a first-generation immigrant himself, was inspired by the character of George Bailey in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE to open a bank to serve his community. When the criminal activities of one of the bank’s loan officers is discovered and self-reported to regulators, the entire organization is indicted by New York’s District Attorney’s office. Adamant that they are nothing more than scapegoats for the larger sins of the financial industry, Thomas, his wife Hwei Lin, and their three daughters prepare to fight back to save their freedom. [2017, USA, Runtime: 98 minutes, Rated: NR].
Tom Long of “The Detroit Free News” calls ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL, “a gripping, slow revelation at the same time that it’s also both a portrait of a tight community with its own set of norms and a study of the high-achieving Sung family.” Matt Zoller Seitz of “RogerEbert.com” says, simply, “Everyone needs to see it.”
Screening times are 7:00 pm on Friday (Aug 18), 4:00 pm on Saturday (Aug 19), 4:00 pm on Monday (Aug 21), 7:00 pm on Tuesday (Aug 22), 4:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday (Aug 23-24). Tickets can be purchased at the Cinema Art Theater, starting 30 minutes prior to each screening. Admission for a screening is $8 for RBFS members and $10 for future members. All screenings are held at the Cinema Art Theater located at 17701 Dartmouth Drive in Dartmouth Plaza, behind the Lewes Wawa.
$8 - $10
Rehoboth Beach Film Society
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