Cinema Libre Studio's documentary The End Of Poverty has been added to the Critics Week line-up in Cannes.

Cinema Libre founder Philippe Diaz' film will premiere on May 19 and explores the theory that poverty is a deliberate ploy by wealthy nations to exploit and subjugate the poor. Martin Sheen has come aboard to narrate the project.

Diaz shot on HD on location in the UK, Brazil, France, Kenya, Bolivia, Tanzania and Venezuela. Among the talking heads are economics Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, CIA analyst Chalmers Johnson and academic Serge La Touche, a leading advocate of economic self sufficiency.

Diaz' feature directorial debut The Empire In Africa played in Critics Week in 2001. He founded Cinema Libre in 2004 following the invasion of Iraq to provide an outlet for socially conscious films.