HumanDocs partners with business college to present the 2018 Academy Award-nominated ‘Abacus: Small Enough To Jail,’ Feb. 21

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Lipscomb University’s HumanDocs Film Series will partner with the College of Business to present a special screening of Steve James’ Academy Award-nominated documentary ‘Abacus: Small Enough To Jail’ on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in Shamblin Theatre. The screening is free and open to the public.

‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail’ tells the story of the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges after the 2008 financial crisis, and immigrant Thomas Sung and his family’s fight to clear their names. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., the indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend their bank, Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York, over the course of a five-year legal battle.

Following the screening, a panel discussion led by Allison Duke, associate dean of Lipscomb’s College of Business will feature John Gregory Hardeman of Hardeman & Montgomery Premier Escrow LLC; Cecilia Sui, a student in the College of Computing & Technology; and Jacob Yu, a student in the College of Business.

“We are excited to screen ‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail’ because it not only invites questions about governmental fairness but provides an opportunity to partner with Lipscomb’s College of Business,” said Ted Parks, associate professor of modern languages and co-curator of Lipscomb’s HumanDocs Film Series. “The film raises questions that I expect often occur in business classrooms such as how can businesses can thrive in their particular cultural context and serve their customers ethically. This partnership helps us to bring people from the business world together to share their perspective on issues with ramifications far beyond the world of commerce.

“We're also excited to screen ‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail’ because it’s been nominated for Best Documentary Feature at this year's Academy Award ceremonies scheduled for March 4th,” he added.  

Now in its ninth year, HumanDocs screens festival-quality documentaries exploring issues of social justice. Hosted by Lipscomb’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the series reflects the college’s desire to develop students personally, encourage lifelong learning and inspire service in a changing world.

The HumanDocs Film Series is presented in partnership with the Lipscomb Honors College and the Nashville Film Festival. All screenings are free and open to the public. For more information on this event, contact Ted Parks at or at 615.966.6616.