(out of 5)
Thoroughly enjoyable documentary that follows Thor Heyerdahl‘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.
Directed by Thor Heyerdahl
Screenplay by Thor Heyerdahl
Produced by Thor Heyerdahl, Olle Nordemar
Music by Sune Waldimir
Film Editing by Olle Nordemar
Best Documentary (Feature) (Olle Nordemar, producer)