English (United States)
This animated short film is a reckoning with the turbo-capitalism and its brutal consequences.
The animated 2D and 3D figures are the visual centerpieces of the film, mounted in an archive sequence of San Francisco dating back to 1906.
In the beginning, the original black and white film sets the mood of change and freedom. On the rails of the new cable car, at that time a new invention, a journey begins through the buzzing metropolis.
Oncoming animated elements depict political and economic milestones in US history and show the American dream of success and social advancement turn into a farce. Greed, avarice and exploitation are the dominant elements that appear in a steadily progressing frequency, which in the end turns into a nightmarish finale of cultural self-destruction.