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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 

When: Wed., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. 2018

The late UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian once famously quipped, "The NCAA is so mad at Kentucky, it's going to give Cleveland State two more years of probation." The propensity for law enforcement and regulatory agencies to target low-hanging fruit while letting major offenders slip away is at the heart of the latest documentary from director Steve James (Hoop Dreams; Stevie). Abacus: Small Enough to Jail chronicles the family of Chinese immigrants that owns the modest Abacus Federal Savings bank in Manhattan's Chinatown. Speciously accused of mortgage fraud, Abacus was the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The family was forced to defend itself in a five-year legal battle—the investigation in 2010, the indictment in 2012, and the trial in 2015. Abacus opened last year's Full Frame Documentary Film Festival before premiering on PBS's Frontline in September; now catch it in the new season of the Full Frame Road Show's winter series. —Neil Morris



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