Terra X: Who owns the world?

Since man first settled and ploughed the soil some 10,000 years ago, he has been claiming the earth for himself. Possession has become the essential basis of our civilisation, has promoted innovation and progress, art and culture – but also violence and inequality. And the gap between rich and poor is widening again: today, 1% of the world’s population owns 99% of the planet’s wealth and resources.

How did it come to this? Is inequality the price of growing prosperity and development – or is a fairer world possible? These are the central questions of the three-part documentary series “Who owns the world”. Presenter Dirk Steffens leads through the series – supported by international experts.


WRITER: Martin Carazo Mendez, Christian Twente, Birgit Tanner     DIRECTOR: Christian Twente, Christian Zipfel, Robert Wiezorek   CAMERAMEN:  Fabian Spuck, Joachim Seck, Marc Riemer, Torbjörn Karvang         EDITOR: Fabian Reisch Rafal Bujoczek    COMMISSIONING EDITOR: Georg Graffe (ZDF), Ricarda Schlosshan (ZDF)