On the Arabian Peninsula in the 1930s, two warring leaders come face to face. The victorious Nesib, Emir of Hobeika, lays down his peace terms to rival Amar, Sultan of Salmaah. The two men agree that neither can lay claim to the area of no man’s land between them called The Yellow Belt. In return, Nesib adopts Amar’s two boys Saleeh and Auda as a guarantee against invasion. Twelve years later, Saleeh and Auda have grown into young men. Saleeh, the warrior, itches to escape his gilded cage and return to his father’s land. Auda cares only for books and the pursuit of knowledge. One day, their adopted father Nesib is visited by an American from Texas. He tells the Emir that his land is blessed with oil and promises him riches beyond his wildest imagination. Nesib imagines a realm of infinite possibility, a kingdom with roads, schools and hospitals all paid for by the black gold beneath the barren sand. There is only one problem. The precious oil is located in the Yellow Belt.

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  1. Hans Ruesch


  2. Jean-Jacques Annaud


  3. Menno Meyjes


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  1. Mark Strong

    Mark Strong

    Sultan Amar

  2. Antonio Banderas

    Antonio Banderas

    Emir Nesib

  3. Freida Pinto

    Freida Pinto


  4. Tahar Rahim

    Tahar Rahim


  5. Riz Ahmed

    Riz Ahmed


  6. Lotfi Dziri

    Lotfi Dziri

    Sheikh of Bani Sirri

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 10m

Budget $40,000,000.00

Revenue $5,446,000.00

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  • March 1, 2013
    R, Theatrical



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