Presented by the Embassy of Norway in Abu Dhabi
Free Film Screening
Directed by Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Norway | 2012 | 119 minutes
In Norwegian with English Subtitles
RATING: ( PG-13 ) - Parental Guidance is advised
Synopsis: Based on the amazing true adventure of Thor Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen), Kon-Tiki is the tale of Norwegian explorer in 1947 who embarks on the voyage of a lifetime - a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean on the Kon-Tiki raft to prove a point. From his days living in the Marquesas with his wife Liv, Thor suspected that the Polynesian Islands had been settled by ancient South Americans from thousands of miles to the east. When the scientific community rejects his theory, Heyerdahl resolves to prove its validity - and save his reputation - by sailing the legendary voyage himself. After replicating the design of an ancient raft in balsa wood, Thor recruits a group of five men who are just bold enough to tackle the seemingly impossible trip and sets sail from Peru. Their only modern equipment is a radio, and they take a parrot along for company. A natural leader, Thor uses the stars and the oceans current to navigate the raft on the epic 101 day-long journey across the treacherous ocean encountering raging storms, sharks, and all the dangers the ocean can muster to meet his fate, while the world watches.