Movies are one of the oldest forms of art that practice combining motion pictures, storytelling, and musical scoring to portray a story to an audience. Currently, there is a vast array of genres in the film industry, one of the most interesting being documentaries. These are often deeply inviting journeys wherein culture and beautiful mysteries are both discovered and, sometimes, brilliantly expressed on the screen. Spirit of the Earth is a film series that aims to do exactly that, capturing the very essence of lesser-known spiritual cultures and beautifully delivering them to people across the globe.
Ben Holt created Spirit of the Earth, which many are calling a cinematic exploration of culture and spiritual connection, through Holt’s first-hand experience. His raw and unconventional style of filmmaking boasts an immersion story of a personal journey in North East India, connecting with and documenting the Holy Men of the Himalayas.
The film unveils the wisdom of the Neo Sadhus of Rishikesh and the surrounding areas, all while documenting the fascinating spiritual practices of the Sadhus and the culture surrounding them.
The film’s storytelling and cinematography capture the vibrant culture and emphasizes how the people in Northeast India are humble and hospitable despite living in third-world conditions. Ben Holt has found a way to capture the authenticity of the people’s emotions and how they find reasons to smile and appreciate what they have despite having so little. The experience greatly differed from what Ben was used to seeing in the West, and it opened his eyes to a deeper understanding of what is truly important in life.
In the film, Ben seeks many Holy Men, also known as “Sadhus,” hoping that they are willing to share their wisdom with the world through his lens, and that is exactly what takes place.
Spirit of the Earth’s pilot episode, “Sadhus of India,” takes its audience on a spiritual adventure that can be enjoyed as a film that brings the viewer a bit closer to spiritual understanding, or simply an entertainment piece on culture.
Spirit of the Earth is readily available for free on major social media platforms, such as Facebook. The creation of this film is a milestone for the indie film industry, as it serves not only as a free piece to educate the audience but also to inspire all aspiring filmmakers. It is a masterpiece that somehow tastefully blends cinematic adventure and real, esoteric spiritual knowledge.
Holt is currently working on new Spirit of the Earth episodes divulging the vibrance of culture in Thailand and Nepal. The episodes are expected to release in early 2021. There is rumor of a deal being made that would land Spirit of the Earth on Gaia TV and other smaller, local platforms.
Ben Holt shares, “The journey through the Himalayas and the North-Eastern states of India was a shaky balance between the highest highs and the greatest adversity I’d ever faced. From being thrown from a moving motorcycle with the camera in my hand, and almost going to prison in Haridwar; to riding a motorbike 4 hours on Himalayan highways at night with no headlight, and almost every piece of gear breaking.
“For a while, I didn’t think we were going to pull it off.
“Just as the thought would come into my mind, another door would open, and another chapter of the story was born.
“Creating Spirit of the Earth: Sadhus of India was a journey of love, curiosity, and sheer will. I hope that it brings you enjoyment, insight, and a thirst for exploration.”
Further, he states, “I give my deepest thanks to everyone in India who encouraged and took part in the making of the film. It is your smiles, kindness, and encouragement that kept me going and showed me what I thought was impossible was only the beginning. Thank you. Namaste.”