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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.
This is the real journey of Thor Heyerdahl and his crew. A big hit this Christmas, so glad I bought this for my bf who is a huge Thor Heyerdahl fan. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tiara Yong
It amazes me how this man spent his life. The levels he went to just to prove it was possible to achieve. And made so many anthropologists upset, and gained the acclaim of so many.Published 1 month ago by andy williams
The details state "Run Time: 124 minutes" but the DVD time is only "58:21" where are the other 25:39?
This is the sole reason for buying this DVD.
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 2 months ago by caleone01