Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki (1951) is a documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition of 1947 that was led by Thor Heyerdahl (1914 - 2002), a Norwegian explorer and writer. He also directed the movie, which won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 1951 Academy Awards. It is so far the only movie from Norway to have won an Academy Award. The title refers to the raft that Heyerdahl had built. He had a theory that ancient peoples could have made long sea voyages and thus decided to undertake one himself, to prove that it could be done. He and five other men built the raft out of balsa wood and other native materials. The expedition, from Peru to French Polynesia, had been inspired by the Spanish Conquistadors' descriptions and drawings of Inca rafts, and legends and archeological evidence suggesting that there had been contact between South America and Polynesia.

The journey lasted 101 days and covered 4300 miles. Heyerdahl and his companions all survived and safely made landfall. They successfully demonstrated that it would have been possible for a primitive raft to sail the Pacific. The raft proved to be quite maneuverable and the men also found that eating fish would have enabled ancient sailors to stay hydrated.

PG-13
| 2013 | 1 hr 58 min
Kon-Tiki

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