(out of 5)

Thoroughly enjoyable documentary that follows ‘s historic expedition from Peru to a South Pacific Island, looking to explore the theory that Polynesians possibly originated from South America. If this were true, then it would have to be possible for primitive humans to cross the large expanse of ocean on a primitive raft, which Heyerdahl and his crew build and travel on for weeks, accompanied by a cheeky tropical parrot and the occasional visit of whales and sharks. The photography is grainy and black and white, but still reveals depths of beauty as the entire crew band together to protect themselves against natural threats on an adventure that is about as exciting as anything Hollywood’s screenwriting department could have come up with.

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Norway/Sweden, 1950

Directed by

Screenplay by Thor Heyerdahl

Cinematography by , , Thor Heyerdahl, ,

Produced by Thor Heyerdahl,

Music by

Film Editing by Olle Nordemar

Academy Award
Best Documentary (Feature) (Olle Nordemar, producer)


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