An outdoor shoot in progress for the film 'Khorfakkan'. Image Credit: Supplied

Sharjah: As UAE cinema-goers are about to get their first look at the highly-anticipated Khorfakkan movie on Thursday, the chairman of Sharjah Media Council has hailed the historic film as a milestone for the Emirati entertainment industry.

Shaikh Sultan Bin Ahmad Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, has lauded the movie’s contribution to presenting to the world a significant yet little-known chapter of UAE’s history, which played a formative role in shaping the nation’s identity. He said: “Khorfakkan is a celebration of two deeply interconnected art forms — literature and cinema — that are constant inspiration for each other and open the human mind to an endless world of imagination. We hope this film will lead to a renaissance of the marriage between the art forms, inspiring more cinematic adaptations of works of literature.”

Shaikh Sultan Bin Ahmad Al Qasimi

Shaikh Sultan added: “Khorfakkan is an adaptation of Khorfakkan’s Resistance Against the Portuguese Invasion of September 1507, the famous historical treatise by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and brings to the big screen, the life of the heroic tribes that inhabited the city in the 16th century. This film will remain a milestone project not only for Emiratis, but for people in the Gulf region and Arabs in general.

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“We also take great pride in the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority’s team who were instrumental in bringing this project to life, along with the two renowned international directors and an elite group of Emirati and Arab actors, who brought the story to life,” he added.