DVD - 2006
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This is the classic Academy-Award winning documentary film of an astonishing adventure, a journey spanning 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, Norwegian biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by the mythical hero Kon-Tiki. Heyerdahl knew that the trade winds and ocean currents off the South-American coastline bear in the direction of Polynesia. Ridiculed by the scientific establishment, who had concluded that a voyage by aboriginal balsa raft from Peru to Polynesia was impossible, he decided to prove the possibility of his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage. The ensuing expedition was hailed as one of the most fantastic feats of daring and courage of its time.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.
Publisher: [United States] : Janson Media, 2006.
ISBN: 9781568392271
Branch Call Number: DVD 910.9164 Kon
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Heyerdahl, Thor
Janson Media


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Jan 25, 2017

Ang Lee must have seen this documentary million times. This is the black and white version of the Life of Pi. Both impressed me in very different ways. Didn't enjoy the movie version of Kon Tiki though.

Aug 11, 2015

I enjoyed this black and white 1951 version of Kon Tiki more than the recent movie. In this one I learned about how they cooked, what they ate, experiments that they carried out.

jpozenel Oct 05, 2013

I enjoyed this documentary more than the recent Kon-Tiki movie, which seemed quite exaggerated.

Jun 21, 2013

This is the 1950 documentary version, not the 2012 movie version.

Nov 22, 2012

We enjoyed this account of the Kon Tiki. We both vaguely remembered it happening but enjoyed seeing what it was like. A bit Robinson Cruiso which was fun to watch in that grown ups were playing as well as discovering.


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Aug 11, 2015

"If we got a bit bored with one another's company, we could always paddle off in the rubber dingy and observe our comrades from a distance."

Aug 11, 2015

"Among primitive races the golden rule was don't resist nature but yield to her commands and accommodate."

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