CAAM-funded Documentary “Abacus” Wins Emmy

CAAM Abacus
Director Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "The Interrupters") chronicles the Chinese immigrant Sung family’s fight to clear their names amid the financial crisis.

The CAAM-funded documentary, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail just won an Emmy! The documentary, directed by Steve James, received the Outstanding Business and Economy Documentary award at Monday night’s (October 1, 2018) News & Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony.

FRONTLINE presented the broadcast premiere of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail on September 12, 2017 — the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted in relation to the 2008 financial crisis. Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) chronicles the Chinese immigrant Sung family’s fight to clear their names in his latest film, one of the past year’s most critically acclaimed documentaries during its robust international film festival run and a national theatrical release. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is a Mitten Media, Motto Pictures and Kartemquin Films Production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and Independent Television Service (ITVS). Co-presented with the Center for Asian American Media.

See the complete list of News & Documentary Emmy winners here (ABACUS is on page 18).

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