Vera Sung (left), Jill Sung and their father, Thomas Sung, in the safety deposit box area of Abacus Federal Savings Bank in New York's Chinatown. A documentary about their legal battle against the US government is in the running for an Oscar. Photo: Sean Lyness, courtesy Kartemquin Films.
Vera Sung (left), Jill Sung and their father, Thomas Sung, in the safety deposit box area of Abacus Federal Savings Bank in New York's Chinatown. A documentary about their legal battle against the US government is in the running for an Oscar. Photo: Sean Lyness, courtesy Kartemquin Films.

Oscar nomination delights maker of Chinatown bank documentary, who’s proud of a film that ‘people really love’

Documentary filmmaker Steve James, often passed over for Academy Awards, feels great about nomination of Abacus: Small Enough to Fail, story of the only bank indicted in US after 2008 financial crisis and owners’ fight to clear their name

Vera Sung (left), Jill Sung and their father, Thomas Sung, in the safety deposit box area of Abacus Federal Savings Bank in New York's Chinatown. A documentary about their legal battle against the US government is in the running for an Oscar. Photo: Sean Lyness, courtesy Kartemquin Films.
Vera Sung (left), Jill Sung and their father, Thomas Sung, in the safety deposit box area of Abacus Federal Savings Bank in New York's Chinatown. A documentary about their legal battle against the US government is in the running for an Oscar. Photo: Sean Lyness, courtesy Kartemquin Films.
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