Kon-Tiki (1950 film)

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This article is about the film. For other uses, see Kon-Tiki.
The DVD cover of the documentary
Directed by Thor Heyerdahl
Produced by Olle Nordemar
Written by Thor Heyerdahl
Starring Thor Heyerdahl
Release dates
  • 13 January 1950 (1950-01-13) (Sweden)[1]
  • 13 February 1950 (1950-02-13) (Norway)
Running time
77 minutes
Country Norway
Language Norwegian

Kon-Tiki is a Norwegian documentary about the Kon-Tiki expedition led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl in 1947, released in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark in 1950, followed by the United States in 1951. The movie, which was directed by Thor Heyerdahl and edited by Olle Nordemar, received the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for 1951 at the 24th Academy Awards. The Oscar officially went to Olle Nordemar. It is currently the only feature film from Norway to have won an Academy Award.[2]


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The "Oscar" for Best Documentary, 1951

The movie has an introduction explaining Heyerdahl's theory, then shows diagrams and images explaining the building of the raft and its launch from Peru. Thereafter it is a film of the crew on board, shot by themselves, with commentary written by Heyerdahl and translated. The whole film is black and white, shot on a single 16mm camera.

A small amount of color footage of Kon-Tiki does exist.[3]

See also


  1. "Kon-Tiki". imdb.com. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  2. Crowther, Bosley. "NY Times: Kon-Tiki". NY Times. Retrieved 8 November 2008. 
  3. The Kon-Tiki expedition-color film

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