Owners of Portugal is a documentary about one hundred years of economic power.
The film portrays the State protection to families that dominated the country's economy, their strategies for power and wealth accumulation.
Mello, Champalimaud, Espírito Santo - big families intersect by marriage and integrate by finance. Threatened by the end of the dictatorship, their power is restored under democracy, through privatization and promiscuity with politics. New economic groups - Amorim, Sonae, Jerónimo Martins - grow on the same basis.
As the crisis unravels the limits of Portuguese economic development model, this film presents the actors and the main choices that brought us here.
Owners of Portugal was directed by Jorge Costa, edited by Edgar Feldman and produced for Portuguese public television RTP2 by the Institute of Contemporary History (ihc.fcsh.unl.pt).
It was broadcasted on the 25th of Abril, 2012. Since that day it is available online. In the first two weeks, the film had more than 120.000 views (on Vimeo and individual publications on Youtube).
Owners of Portugal is based in the book of the same name, by Jorge Costa, Cecília Honório, Luís Fazenda, Francisco Louçã and Fernando Rosas, printed in 2010 by Edições Afrontamento. It sold more than 12.000 copies.