Join AABANY to See ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL at the Asia Society
It’s a story of resilience, courage, and justice in the face of power. ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail documents the legal battle of the Sung family, Chinese immigrants and owners of Abacus Federal Savings in Chinatown. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Abacus was the only bank in the United States to be charged with a crime, accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. Over the course of five years, the Sungs embark on an existential legal battle in defense of themselves and their Chinatown community, and over the fact that, in an industry of powerful interests and influential corporations, no bank should be small enough to jail. Don’t miss this true, David vs. Goliath story from acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself).
ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail will be shown at the Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium in the Asia Society on Wednesday, September 6th. Reception begins at 5:30 PM, screening begins at 6:30 PM, followed by Q&A that will include director Steve James.
Click on the link in the title to see the film’s trailer.
AABANY is proud to be outreach partner for this screening. All AABANY members can see ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail at a discounted price with the code “AABA090617.” Select “Non-Member Adult” ticket, proceed to check-out, add the code, and then click activate. Using this code, attendees will pay $10 instead of $15 for the ticket. Click here to buy tickets. We hope to see you there!
Our Pro Bono Monthly Clinic was held on Wednesday, August 9 (second Wednesday of the month).
Please join us in thanking all attorneys and interpreters that evening who assisted 30 clients:
- Michelle Yeung
- Judy Lee
- Jonathan Hernandez
- May Chiang
- Yun Gao
- Kelly Diep
- Kwok Ng
- Asako Aiba
- Chris Kwok
- Tim Wong
- Wei Li
- Mani Chander
- Yiwen Feng
- Wei Ling Huang
Watch an exclusive clip from Justin Chon’s ‘Gook’
From Angry Asian Man:
Heads up. Writer/director Justin Chon’s acclaimed indie drama Gook opens in theaters on August 18.
Set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the film follows two Korean American brothers, Eli and Daniel, who run their late father’s shoe store in a predominantly Black community. The pair strikes up a unique and unlikely friendship with a streetwise 11-year-old girl, Kamila. While Daniel has dreams of his own, Eli struggles to keep the family business afloat. But racial tensions in the neighborhood build to a breaking point, erupting into conflict that threatens their livelihood and tests the meaning of family.
Gook is a stunning, gut-punch of film, full of humor, heart and low-budget scrappiness. It also announces the arrival of one hell of a voice and vision – didn’t I see Justin Chin butt naked in 21 & Over? – and revelatory performances from its supporting cast, including comedian David So as Daniel, newcomer Simone Baker as Kamila, and even a dramatic turn from Chon’s own father.
For more information and to see the trailer, click the link in the title. Gook opens in New York City on August 25.