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Thor Heyerdahl, The Man, The Myth, The Women

Production year: 2008 | 1*52 | Genres: History
He and his crew survived and the film of this journey was honoured with an “Oscar” in 1952
Origin country: Norway
Production company: Nordisk Film TV AS
Original title: Thor Heyerdahl, The Man, The Myth, The Women
Original language: English
Formats: SD | M&E

A romantic escapist, a notorious egotripper, a great adventurer - Thor Heyerdahl claimed to be a scientist, but scholars never accepted him as such. He questioned academica and stirred up debate, but most of all he opened up a world of possibilities. Through his daring expeditions he captured the imagination of millions of people. And behind his imagination lay a paradise lost.

22 years old and just married, Thor Heyerdahl set off for a never-ending wedding trip to the remote island of Fatuhiva. His back-to-nature ideology stranded, like his marriage later on, but not his interest for how the Pacific was populated.

On a precise replica of an ancient balsa vessel, Thor Heyerdahl sailed on his self-made “Kon-Tiki” from the Peruvian city of Callao in 1947 to Polynesia. Many claimed the trip was a suicidal one. Thor Heyerdahl was the last, great explorer and he stunned the world with his daring expeditions and archaeological excavations. Like Roald Amundsen and captain Robert F. Scott he connected science and extreme sport.

He and his crew survived and the film of this journey was honoured with an “Oscar” in 1952. 30 million people saw the documentary in the theatres and another 500 million have watched it on TV. His aim was to prove how mankind populated the world. By turning to the past Thor Heyerdahl searched for passages that created his own wake.

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