Kon-Tiki (1951)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Travel, Social History  |   Release Date - Jan 13, 1950 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Kon-Tiki was the name of a tiny balsa-wood raft, constructed by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. It was Heyerdahl's contention that pre-Columbian Polynesian natives had regularly made trips across the ocean in similar rafts. To prove his theory, Heyerdahl set sail in the Kon-Tiki in 1947, successfully completing a 4300-mile journey from Peru to Tahiti. Filmed en route with 16-millimeter camera equipment, Kon Tiki was originally released in Sweden in tandem with the publication of Heyerdahl's book about the expedition. The English-language version, narrated by sportscaster Ben Grauer, was prepared by producer Sol Lesser and distributed by RKO Radio.

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adventurer, expedition, journey, ocean, rafting, sailing, voyage