Back in 1951, a film documenting Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s incredible journey across the Pacific Ocean on a raft won the Oscar for Best Documentary. This past year, a second Kon-Tiki was released, dramatizing a more thorough look at Heyerdahl’s adventure. Whether or not you have seen the original film, you will certainly be enthralled by the daring and vision of Heyerdahl, who set out with five colleagues to prove that South Americans back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settled on Polynesian islands. After gathering financing for their trip and building their aboriginal balsa wood raft, the group embarked on an epic journey across 4300 miles of open ocean. Through the magic of modern cinematic techniques, you will share with the adventurers their suspenseful days at sea, as well as their joy as they reach the Polynesian island of Raroia. This is a film not to be missed.
In 1947 young Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl captured the imagination of a war-weary world. He had developed a revolutionary theory that Polynesia had been populated from South America, contrary to the established scientific community theory of migration from Asia. To prove the theory he did something hitherto unheard of: he decided to test the theory himself, embarking on a dangerous expedition across the Pacific Ocean (during which he encountered many whales and sharks, and the perils of raging storms). He enlisted the help of five young men, who had not known each other prior to the expedition, and only one of whom had any sailing experience. Together they built a primitive balsa raft using ancient methods, without a single nail or wire, and ropes made only of hemp and banana leaves. He baptized the raft the “Kon-Tiki,” after the Incas’ sun-king. It is interesting to note that Heyerdahl had a fear of water and could not swim; but he was willing to sacrifice everything to prove his theory.
The filming of this true adventure story – the largest Norwegian film production ever — began in May of 2011 at Lillehammer, Norway. After 59 shooting days in six countries, the film premiered in Norwegian cinemas on August 24, 2012.
Running time: 118 minutes