Director Steve James is no stranger to telling the stories of people and communities facing challenging circumstances.
Over the course of his decades-long career, the iconic documentary filmmaker behind “Hoop Dreams,” “Life Itself,” and “The Interrupters” has chronicled the story of two African-American high school students hoping basketball will help them transcend poverty, legendary film critic Roger Ebert’s defiant response to his cancer diagnosis, and the lives of former street criminals in Chicago who place themselves in the line of fire to stop violence in their communities.
His newest documentary, “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” continues that thread. “Abacus” chronicles the story of the Sungs, a Chinese-American family whose Abacus Federal Savings Bank was the only U.S. bank indicted for mortgage fraud related to the 2008 financial crisis.
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