16 Tons, is an ironic look at the history of humanity. It tells the story of how we came to construct the false life we live today. Could it be that our final point of arrival, the age of the free market and freedom, is just the product of a public relations campaign? Could “16 Tons”, a story of the miners’ suffering that became a hugely popular hit, be just that -a song?
16 Tons is, in large part, a “desktop” film –it contains extensive sequences of animation –made using photographs, paintings, drawings and etchings. It also includes a limited amount of "original moving pictures". And the film is based on a long and detailed research process. Its production took around 1,5 years.
Here you have the option of watching the entire film as a whole, or each chapter separately. The site also features the complete text of the film. There is comprehensive additional information and further annotation on the details of the film on the page of each chapter. Enjoy watching, and reading. / ÜMİT KIVANÇ