Portuguese filmmaker José Nascimento entered the entertainment industry as a radio sound technician. He stepped into films as an assistant director, later enrolling in film school in the early '70s. He made the medium-length documentary Aquilino e Mestre Zé/Aquilino and Master Joseph in 1975. Three years and two documentaries later, Nascimento branched into television, directing the documentary series Viagem/Journey. In addition to directing, Nascimento has been an editor and actor.