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On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and his five crew members embarked from Peru on their daring voyage to the Marquesas Islands, on a balsa wood raft which was built according to the traditions of South America's pre-Columbian Indians. After 101 suspenseful days on the open sea, alone amid raging storms, whales, and countless sharks, they landed on the Polynesian island of Raroia.
The expedition attracted worldwide interest. Heyerdahl's book Kon-Tiki was translated into 67 languages, and sold more than 20 million copies. Heyerdahl had been presented with a film camera before the journey began, and both the building of the raft and the voyage across the Pacific were filmed in detail. In 1952, his fascinating black and white film was awarded an Oscar for the most outstanding documentary. The film subsequently enthralled cinema-goers all over the world. The raft is now exhibited at the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway, where it is seen by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Seeing the documentary first was kind of like reading the book before seeing the movie! :)
Very interesting and well done documentary that proves ancient sailors could have traveled between South America and the Polynesian islands.
Video (B&W) quality is quite good given the conditions, and the clear narration is in English.
I read this when I was about ten, and it is now my go-to gift for late elementary school to middle-school-aged kids. This is one of the great adventures of the twentieth century. Read morePublished 9 days ago by caleone01
interesting snapshot in time of what we would call very unpolitical correct trip. basically a few college buddies make a raft and drift across the pacific. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Beoceol
Having read the book. The film seems to be accurate and emphasizes the pertinent parts.Published 1 month ago by J Mcp
This is great - because it was actually filmed on the boat during the trip. I went to the Kon Tiki museum recently on a trip to Norway. I was amazed at the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth
Pretty dated given that it is 60 years old, but fascinating nonetheless.Published 2 months ago by Michigan
Even thought this documentary is from around 1951, it was very engaging to watch. It also shows some skills that are not used much anymore. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J Bauer
A great documentary indeed.
Explains Heyerdahl's irrefutable logic coupled with seamless flow of adventure.