E1 Entertainment has taken worldwide rights to Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross's The Shock Doctrine, a documentary based on Naomi Klein's 2007 bestseller of the same name.

The Shock Doctrine will receive its world premiere at this year's Berlin Film Festival, screening as a work in progress in the Panorama Dokumente section on Monday 9 February.

The team behind the documentary, including Winterbottom, Whitecross and producer Andrew Eaton, previously worked together on The Road to Guantanamo, which won the 2006 Berlin Silver Bear.

Speaking to ScreenDaily producer Andrew Eaton said 'Michael and I had both read The Shock Doctrine and thought it was an amazing book. It was a really strong topic that captured our imagination and Naomi Klein has got quite a reputation.'

The Shock Doctrine seeks to explain the rise of 'disaster capitalism', which is described as the exploitation of moments of crisis by governments and big business in order to ransack the economies of vulnerable countries.

E1's executive vice president, Charlotte Mickie said 'I am so passionate about this smart and timely movie. It answers the question: 'How the heck did we get into this mess'' with visual and oral brilliance, as well as providing much needed hope for the future.'

The film is a Revolution Films and Renegade Pictures production for More 4/Channel 4.