1. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Why did virtually all the big banks get off after the housing bubble burst in 2008? No matter how many times we ask, it’s still a rage-inducing question. Actually, one company didn’t get off scot-free: A family-run Chinese-American firm, Abacus Federal Savings Bank, became a scapegoat in the wake of larger criminality. Director Steve James (of the mighty Hoop Dreams) explores the bank’s idealistic origins on behalf of racially persecuted loan applicants, most of them living in NYC’s Chinatown. Throughout his scrappy story, there’s also a winning sense of humor that shows the spunk of people not used to being pushed around.