The documentary series "Sons of Sinbad"

Who were the Sons of Sinbad? What are their achievements? What is their legacy? To answer these questions, the German-Omani team led by director Friedrich Klütsch spent three years tracing the amazing and mostly unknown history of Oman.

Filming in Sansibar Palace


Archives in Oman, Portugal, Zanzibar and China were visited, experts around the world were questioned, and key events reenacted at original locations. Wherever possible, authentic sets were used, or recreated in accordance with the advice of experts. The main emphasis of the production, however, lies not with the historical accuracy of props and costumes, but with the identification of specific traits and attitudes that pervade Omani history.

The stories told here reflect the open-mindedness and tolerance of a people who, through their merchants and sailors over the centuries, learned to peacefully interact with many cultures and religions.

In the Making is also the Message

“Sons of Sinbad” is a film trilogy intended for everyone, whether viewing from an eastern or western perspective. It’s about the people, their way of thinking, their shared values. It’s a departure from the Eurocentrist view of history, and it acknowledges that religion permeates everyday life and embues one with the strength to achieve what seems humanly impossible. It’s a presentation of the little-known school of thought, Ibadhiyah, which was so important for the development of Islam in the Far East and East Africa.

We did not set out to merely present the past, but rather to show the continuing ramifications and ongoing legacy of this history.

We deliberately chose not to engage professional actors. The amateur performers here trace and experience their own history together with the viewers. More than 120 people, about half of them from Oman, were involved in the creation of these films.

The success of this Omani-German venture demonstrates that constructive cooperation between East and West is, contrary to widespread opinion, quite possible even today.


Learn more about episode 1: Monsoon Empire
The life of Omani merchant Abu Ubayda Al Qassim; trade with China and along the Maritime Silk Road in the Middle Ages
> watch trailer episode 1: Monsoon Empire

in preparation:

Episode 2: The Route to India
The significance of the Omani navigator Ahmad ibn Majid and the Imam Nassir ibn Murshid for the rise and fall of Portuguese naval power in the Indian Ocean

Episode 3: The Call of Zanzibar
The offspring of Sayyid Said ibn Sultan and the struggle for the unity of Oman and Zanzibar

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