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Thor Heyerdahl - The Legend and the Man

Production year: 2014 | 1*52 | Genres: History
THOR HEYERDAHL, The Kon-Tiki Man as everyone liked to call him, was born in 1914 and died in April 2002.
Origin country: Norway
Production company: Sebra Film AB
Original title: Thor Heyerdahl – 100 år
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: HD | 16:9

Norway had lost her most famous son, and the world lost one of the most original scientist/explorer of the twentieth century. But fortunately for us, his extraordinary life of discovery and adventure did not die with him, on all his major expeditions, in the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean, he always had cameras with him to make record of events as they happened, He regarded them as a vital scientific tool. Taken together, these film make up a unique record of the life of a great man.

When he set out to cross four thousand miles in the Pacific Ocean on the Kon-Tiki, Thor had no idea that one day he would embark on a similar crossing of the Atlantic. Similarly at the time of the Ra voyages, he had no idea that years to come , he would sail Tigris across in the Indian Ocean. Yet in retrospect each voyage fits neatly into expanding pattern that was now global in its proportions.

We look back over his life, and summarise the underlying themes that were the driving force behind his many adventures. The film will also place him in history as scientist and a visionary thinker. Providing us with his own unique and challenging theories.

Since Thor Heyerdahl alerted the serious oil polution in midocean that he encountered on one of his Ra voyages, he has leant his voice and his influence to the growing campaign for a cleaner, more self-sustaining environment in the future.

Thor Heyerdahl centenary film will bring the attention to how man used the sea as highway for his journey's on the Planet and we do with this film as Nelson Mandela told Thor Heyerdahl when they met in Oslo, ”Take Me With You Next time”

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There is only one ocean. We speak of seven, but they are all part of the same sea...The myth of the ”lost city of Atlantis” is not one that we should dismiss lightly” THOR HEYERDAHL

QUOTATIONS IN THE FILM

- ”He couldn't swim, he couldn't sail but he had one question, where did the Polynesian come from? He went on the raft without any experience at all, except one; The Inkas had done it, the South American Indians had done it – I can do it. This was his conviction”. Ragnar Kvam Jr

- ”The common belief was they came from Asia...They came from South America, this was the first island populated, Easter island”. Thor Heyerdahl

- ”Weather we trust the bible or believe in science, life on this planet started in the ocean. All these civilizations started at the same time man began to navigate”. Thor Heyerdahl

- ”We hade written all sort of repports of the oil in the sea but nobody paid any attention. Then came my father with an oil lump on his toothbrush. AHHH!! The the world wakes up!” Thor Heyerdahl Jr

- ”If he has a legacy, I hope it is to inspire everybody else to really look around them and take care of the planet that we are in the process of destroying”. Dave Bell, filmproducer and Oscar winner.

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