José Filipe Moreira da Costa

This work is based on Thomas Harlan’s documentary of the unique moment in Portuguese history when a group of workers occupied the manor of Torre Bela, and formed a self-organized agricultural cooperative on the property. The film juxtaposes the 'shovel sequence' from the original documentary with outside commentary on the event. In this sequence one group member tries to convince another to donate his shovel to the collective as he remains unconvinced that giving up his personal property will be beneficial for him.