The Spirit of the Negev

During a 17 day hike through the Negev Desert in Israel, two childhood buddies discover the power of mother nature and the beauty of friendship.

  • Sidhant Mehra
  • Eli Balshan
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Travel, Adventure
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 16, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
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Director Biography - Sidhant Mehra

After making several short films and working as an assistant to Mira Nair, Sidhant Mehra channeled his love for the motion picture into the creation of JNTA Studios, based in Mumbai, India

JNTA has made many short films on the social sector, and is expanding into videos on art and travel. Work can be viewed at

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Director Statement

In February of this year, I spent 17 days hiking through the desert with my childhood buddy Eli.

We made this video to share our mad desert adventure with the world.

During parts of the hike we were challenged with sharp ascents over narrow mountain ridges; deathly drops awaited us on either side should we make a misstep. Those had me terrified.

And I suppose that was the point. We had hoped to get a taste of the magnificent range of mother nature’s power, and to our retrospective delight, even when we thought she was being most hostile with hail storms, heavy winds, and daunting climbs, it was just her way of saying ‘boys, you are tougher than you think.’