Little Sparta

2017 ,    »  -   38 Comments
Ratings: 7.58/10 from 215 users.

Little Sparta is a beautifully produced documentary that praises the power of goodness in the face of overwhelming oppression and unspeakable evil. The film traces the history of conflict in the Arabian Peninsula, and the victories that were achieved even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, including those that revolve around our modern war against radical extremist terror.

It begins by recounting the events of 650 BCE when the Persians invaded the Greeks with a formidable army of more than 100,000 troops. The fear of impending destruction gripped the region. Determined not to go down without a fight, the city of Sparta assembled a modest opposition army consisting of 300 men. Their fighting force soon mushroomed to over 7,000 warriors following various alliances with neighboring cities. Though gravely outnumbered, they eventually managed to push Persia out of their land through sheer force of will.

According to the film's narrative, this stubborn determination to stand for what is right has long defined the unquenchable spirit of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It has also earned them the nickname of Little Sparta, a tribute to the moral and military strength they possess in spite of their small size. What was once a vast desert now stands as a thriving leader of industry, gleaming infrastructure, global influence and military might.

The film also details the UAE's role in a series of other crucial events throughout the region's history, including the invasion of Kuwait, the Battle of Mogadishu, the toppling of Saddam Hussein, and the current battle against those who promote a perverted reading of the Koran through heinous acts of violence and terror. Along the way, viewers will learn of the UAE's close alliance with the United Nations and other coalition groups, their dominant role in military matters, their commitment to ensuring freedom of religion, and their devotion to humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts.

Divided into nine brief, but enlightening chapters, Little Sparta presents a valuable and surprising portrait of one of the world's most volatile and misunderstood regions. Above all else, it's a rousing anthem that celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

Directed by: Mansoor Al Dhaheri

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38 Comments / User Reviews


    with unity of people and a mind and heart of a great leader comes a result of a bountiful country.

  2. Krisvon
  3. Krisvon

    In this world where greedy of power comes out and selfishness of the leaders to the world shows, but with MBZ, he shows that what we needed was being united and kind to one another. Let’s just love. Not war

  4. Vaughn
  5. Vaughn

    Among all the battles, little sparta shows that with small unity results to big change of peace

  6. qwerty
  7. qwerty

    finally, a documentary worth watching. thank you! this beats f***ing watching children of dopeheads or the other crap thats been posted in the last month.

  8. Jain Kurany
  9. Jain Kurany

    This is beautifully presented made and what a relief(!) to hear something about the UAE and hear it being talked about; instead of only focussing on the fanatics and other extremists from all over the world. I would have liked to have seen more perhaps about Alberquerque and maybe a little about what was done to Islam during the Crusades but I understand that this was probably not about that. And that was not the point. Thanks for an enlightening hour and ten minutes. Please continue to make more documentaries from this point of view as it is not heard of much in the west.

  10. assunder
  11. assunder

    qwerty are you serious this is just a religious propaganda piece, a fifth column works to undermine the west. it's filled with lies and deceit to make islam look good, and to distance itself from the so called bad side of islam. Goebbels couldn't have done a better job

  12. assunder
  13. assunder

    i don't even believe the translation in the subtitles

  14. Seriously
  15. Seriously

    Oh my god that had got to be the most thinly veiled piece of unadulterated propaganda I have come across in a long time :D Not really a documentary, more of a commercial for the UAE

  16. Kelly Owens
  17. Kelly Owens

    Islam = Peace. Come on, the least biased definition means "submit, to
    submit, or submit to the will of Allah."
    By omiting, with a clear motive, how
    Islam spread to: N. Africa, N. India, Persia,.....etc......etc....; this documentary reveals only what it conceals. Islam was spread by the sword. There are innumerable " Little
    Spartas " throughout Africa, Asia, and
    the southern reaches of Europe where
    resistance may have been as brave, or perhaps even more heroic. We will most likely never learn about the many
    indeginous societies, and unique cultures that fell to "...the religion of peace." Islam does not play well with
    .....others. It is no accident that Muslim
    majority countries, are all virtual monocultures. The fate of the millions
    who perished, often fighting to the last man as the Spartans did, should be chronicled, not ignored as this film cruelly does. A testament to the adage
    ".....History is written by the victors." KOut

  18. Thomas
  19. Thomas

    Maybe a nice made docu, but smells heavily of propaganda. If you know your geopolitics you would take it with a grain of salt. The Persians (Iran) are evil godless brutes, and ISIS is mostly fake Muslims from everywhere but the Arab peninsula... And Saudi Arabia is not an dictatorship with sharia, but the birthplace of peace (Islam)...... Sure....

  20. Olen Gray
  21. Olen Gray

    Promising: and hope for a war torn middle east

  22. Sarah Raza
  23. Sarah Raza

    ISIS and the Houthis are like bugs infecting our lives... the coalition is the bug spray to get rid of them. Great documentary!

  24. Frank
  25. Frank

    Life is beautiful all the time and I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats.

  26. WTF
  27. WTF

    Nice piece of propaganda...full of sh*t though.

  28. Jay Steff
  29. Jay Steff


  30. George
  31. George

    Wow! This has to be a 5 star gagger masquerading as history. In order to watch this, one has to completely suspend disbelief or be totally ignorant of 1400 years of history and current events. Anyone watching this would think that the UAE single handed defeat Saddam Hussein in Kuwait, the Serbs in the Balkans, brought peace to Afghanistan and are the lone superpower in the world. Now when are they going to deal with North Korea?

    To get a true picture of Islam, go to YouTube and watch "Why We Are Afraid, A 1400 Year Secret," by Dr Bill Warner

  32. Bruce
  33. Bruce

    I agree with the bottomline of this film. Terrorism cannot solve problems, no matter which country/religion they represent.

  34. Diane
  35. Diane

    I have been a resident of the Emirates for more than 25 years and I will agree with many things said in this film. Ok, it's got a political side to it. But I don't see what's wrong with that. What matters is that despite so much conflict in the region, UAE has kept the peace all these years and have kept terrorism out of the country. I really appreciate the government for their effort for that and this documentary is more like a 'Thank You' note to those brave men who gave their lives to protect this country so normal people like me can sleep at night.

  36. Rob
  37. Rob

    Saudi Arabia is conservative, but they are not like Iran or Qatar. And UAE has struck a good balance between keeping Islamic values and being accommodative to people who have different beliefs. I saw a comment earlier about someone saying people watching would think UAE single handedly fought everyone and saved the region. Firstly, the movie does not say that, it gives credit where it's due. And secondly, it's about time someone made films where first world countries don't always come to save the world, whether it's from extremists, aliens or supervillians.

  38. Jocelyn
  39. Jocelyn

    Movie is very good i will give 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  40. John
  41. John


  42. Baldric
  43. Baldric

    When the world has already labeled Muslims as terrorists, This is so touching to see how Muslims against terrorism.

  44. Name (required)
  45. Name (required)

    "We know less than 4% of the known universe". That makes no sense, is self-contradictory, and is totally inaccurate. Of what we are aware exists, not only can we not actually put a number on, but also, if we could, it would be much, much, much less than "4%". What percent of viruses do we know about? What about the history of viruses? What about Jupiter? How much about Jupiter do we know?. What a ridiculous statement! Who comes up with that?

  46. R
  47. R

    Amazing!!!! ❤️🇦🇪

  48. Jimmy_Snackbar
  49. Jimmy_Snackbar

    they have done an excellent job of hiding the propaganda between various facts and images pertaining to the Arabian peninsula. its almost like watching a documentary, but you can feel its hidden agenda under the covers the entire time...

    very well produced and high quality propaganda. its too bad, i was really impressed with the quality and was looking forward to learning something outside CBS about the region but the ulterior message is insulting to my intelligence.

    as always, thanks for the great vids, but i'll pass on this one V. :D

  50. Suraj
  51. Suraj

    This is a greatest documentary Film about how Muslims against terrorism. wonderful !

  52. Patton
  53. Patton

    Some of the comments are kind of upsetting. I have many muslim friends and they're all normal people who are living normal lives. They have no hatred towards people that belong to another faith. The muslims dissociating themselves with terrorists is similar to the christians dissociating themselves with the Klu Klux Klan. If you believe every muslim in the world wants to kill you; then you need help.

    Now, about the movie, if you have lived or are currently living in the UAE, then you will enjoy this movie. It brought back a lot of good memories about the country when I watched it. MBZ is indeed the promise of the future for the country. I like the storyline, comparing the Spartans with the Emiratis. It's not the best documentary I've seen but it's definitely worth a watch.

  54. muahmed
  55. muahmed

    Purge Islam Globally
    allah is a false moon god who we destroyed long ago. muhamed is never coming back we diismembered him.
    your taqyia will not work here. islam is dead.

  56. Bradley
  57. Bradley

    The Emiratis are by far the friendliest, most inviting and hospitable people I’ve met. The UAE was founded on some fundamental values and the rulers have maintained these values through all these years passing them on to the next generations. I’m not the one to judge who’s politically correct or wrong in the region but from what I see, UAE has done an excellent job of keeping terrorism out of it’s walls, kudos to the military and the local police force for that. They’ve invested strategically where they needed upgrades in terms of military equipment or technology and it’s paid off for them. Even though it’s a small country, they’ve built systems that regulate every aspect of the country to make sure the government knows when something wrong is happening so they can fix it. It’s a great place to live. Don’t take my word for it, come see for yourself. There’s a reason Dubai is one of the busiest airports in the world.

  58. Beezwax
  59. Beezwax

    Fuc**** primitive propaganda... It's embarrassing how obviously sick your religion-based society is. Come join the real world a**holes

  60. L.A. D.
  61. L.A. D.

    What an amazing documentary. I enjoyed it because it was unbiased, straightforward and simply done well.

  62. Nassir
  63. Nassir

    i see the paid shill fifth column muslims are here too. Just like on the You Tube page this pieace of sh*t was published. most of these people get what 50ct per possitive post on islam. at least thats what china is paying there 50ct army fifth column. Look at the western names they write as Bradley Patton baldric rob and all you other you know who you are, F**** these people are insufferable. The west is under attack from religious zealots and communist thugs

  64. Jason
  65. Jason

    "Islam forbids killings"!!! ??? Do they !!!??? Murder is part of family home environment, mainly the honour killings of sisters and daughters. I suggested the directors of this documentary, read "Burned Alive" by Souad, a narration in the first person of what's happen inside a muslin traditional home.

  66. Sandy
  67. Sandy

    The few, the proud, the Emiratis.
    Is this a military recruiting film or a promotional video for the department of tourism? This is not a documentary. The music and production are all about impressing the viewer. I respect the Emiratis, and I don't blame them for patting themselves on the back. Let's just agree this is flag waving and not a documentary.

  68. Patrick
  69. Patrick

    Worse documentary I even seen. Even as a propaganda doc it is soooooooo bad.

  70. Rob
  71. Rob

    I'm guessing Nassir and Muahmed are the same people, should've picked different names. Picking misspelled Muslim names and being anti-islamic doesn't sound right. I'm not a propaganda expert or a historian or muslim or a paid reviewer. I like documentaries, I visit this website often and I purely spoke out of my good experiences living in the UAE, and I'm happy to take my 50 cents for it, if someone wants to give it to me. But I have a feeling you made a lot more than that calling attention to yourself in these boards. And... ever heard of spell check?

    Having said that, I don't want to come across as a fanboy, this documentary is not one of the greatest. But it's definitely not a terrible one. It's got some eye rolling moments but overall it's worth a watch. My connection to the UAE made it all the better for me to watch this and I agree that terrorism won't get us anywhere. That's all.

  72. UreKismet
  73. UreKismet

    Total nonsense from the most cynical greedheads in the ME after Israel.
    UAE has been assiduously funding mercenaries fighting as al Quaeda in the Yemen - why? Not because of any philosophical bent or desire for a better Yemen; UAE wants to take control of Yemen's ports and increase it already vast control over ME transport. The corrupt UAEgovernment/ports corporation has also been one of the major instigators of ongoing violence in Libya for exactly the same reason.
    It's not even as though the emirates citizenry will gain anything from this appalling behaviour as the bulk of the investors and therefore profiteers from these awful wars are englanders.
    Arabs dying for englanders to get rich, nothing new to see there then, move right along.

  74. Terrance Roff
  75. Terrance Roff

    ok, first off way over the top at times, I had to take breaks, I can be such a wimp.. almost as good as Fox network exclusive. A lot of really good footage. Yes much more or less staged, this is the world we live it. The amount of raw footage is telling/ Very strong "this is a very sharp sword of a military with very broad capabilities, both combat and Civil assistance/security and very dedicated/professional/hard cases! Not someone you really wanna get in a fight with. It's very nice blend of infomercial feel type documentary. I feel almost like I've been given the killer ap of all power point presentations. grab your beverage of choice (In tone of presentation, I do suggest at the very least a triple expresso DARK mocha sweetened with honey...lots of honey) Surprisingly. or may be not there is a very great deal of information here covering a very short amount of time, and also makes a point of hi lighting a repeating historical trend early in its presentation. Very much saying to me "Look, See. We delt with this once before and it did not turn out well. This will not be permitted again." and what comes across is pretty strait about backing that up. Makes me want to see if there's other U.S. domestic data to back it up and that may be the point. What I did see of military equipment I mostly recognized and saw a pretty impressive mix of capabilities. A very U.S. military inventory current or so doggone close I can't tell the difference and pretty obviously know how to use all of it. (Again ok with stock staged/and raw embed footage. Use what ya got!) Take a break every 10-20 min. Worth finishing and ya might wanna run back through it again a couple time. I'll give it a solid 7 out of 10

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