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