Khorfakkan (2020)


Khorfakkan is a 2020 historical film by directors Ben Mole and Maurice Sweeney.


In the beginning of 1500’s, during the Portuguese conquests on Indian Ocean, Red Sea, and Arabian Gulf, a village on the edge of sea revolts against the Portuguese rule and conquer after years of oppression, In pursuit of freedom.


  • Rashid Assaf … Afonso de Albuquerque
  • Qays Sheikh Najib Qays Sheikh Najib
  • Ahmed Al Jasmi
  • Khalifa Albahri … Saeed (as Khalifa al Bhri)
  • Abdullah Almaqbali … nasser
  • Abdullah Bin Haider … Mohammed (as a different name)
  • Abdulla Masoud … Commander ‘Omar’
  • Omar Al Mulla
  • Dan Towse … Portuguese Arsonist
  • Hassan Yousuf … Ahmed


  • The movie is based on real life events. The production of the movie started the moment His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, finished writing the book “Khorfakkan Resistance to the Portuguese Invasion 1507”. In the book, His Highness documented the historical events that occurred during the Portuguese invasion in 1507.
  • During the Portuguese invasion, the city of Khorfakkan was surrounded by mountains and was protected by a giant wall separating it from the mountains and open towards the sea.
  • The movie depicts the brutality and cruelty of the Portuguese army especially of the general Afonso de Albuquerque. The commander built a reputation of a fierce and skilled military commander that used cruel and ruthless tactics in his conquests.
  • Three Portuguese ships were built specially for the movie. The ship Fleur de La Mar, the Galiot and the Fausta were built in real size, based on accurate historical documents in order to be used for filming live scenes on board. Along with the ships, houses, a mosque and a wall was built similar to the historic Khorfakkan wall.
  • All stages of film production were under direct supervision and immediate follow-up by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi. His Highness vision of presenting the historical facts as accurate as possible didn’t allow the filmmakers to make any artistic additions that might alter the reality of the actual events.

Production Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Ben Mole
    • Maurice Sweeney
  • Producer(s):
    • Ashraf Ali … producer
    • Saif Abdelrahman Alshalal … producer
    • Tony Deegan … producer
    • Christopher George … producer
    • Mohammed Hassan Khalaf … executive producer
  • Writer(s):
    • Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi
  • Music:
    • Osama Ali … (Oriental Music)
    • Michael Fleming
  • Cinematography:
    • Richard Kendrick
  • Editor(s):
    • Mick Mahon
  • Production:
    • Get Go Films
    • Sharjah Broadcasting Authority
  • Distributor(s):
    • Vox Cinemas (United Arab Emirates, 2020)(theatrical)
    • Creative Media Solutions (CMS) (World-wide, 2020)(Distribution consultant)
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Release Date: 17 December 2020 (UAE).
  • Running Time: 107 minutes.
  • Country:
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