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Films to be screened at The Kon-Tiki Museum.

The Abora Saga

This movie tells the story of Dominique Görlitz, whose childhood vision was to travel the oceans on a reed boat. A vision that nobody deemed possible.

Driven by an inquiring mind, curiosity and the quest for discoveries of ancient times, he embarked on a journey that took him thousands of years into the past.

Dominique Görlitz set forth into the world to measure up to the legacy of Thor Heyerdahl, the famous explorer and adventurer, with his own reed boat expeditions. With mighty help from his friends, he achieved the impossible: ABORA I sailed from Sardinia in the central Mediterranean Sea towards the Canary Islands. With ABORA II, the first return journey on a reed boat in modern times was accomplished. Heading from Alexandria across the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the crew tacked back over 600 miles from Cyprus to their point of departure. And with his most ambitious project to date, ABORA II, he made the attempt to cross the North Atlantic – regarded as unnavigable – with a stone-age sailboat. This expedition became one of the most thrilling adventures since Thor Heyerdahl crossed the South Atlantic. Not only did innumerable storms pose great challenges, but particularly following the Gulf Stream with its treacherous eddies towards Europe.

This film not only covers mysterious finds of tobacco and cocaine in Egyptian mummies, but also the testament of prehistoric rock drawings, most likely depicting oceangoing and highly manoeuvrable vessels. Furthermore, astonishing navigation methods are presented, specifically the secrets of astronavigation, leading the way across the oceans even without compass and GPS.

In the ABORA SAGA, some previously unpublished documents of Dominique Goerlitz and Thor Heyerdahl are shown. The son of the famous Norwegian explorer is speaking out, challenging the ABORA team to pursue their exploration of the high seas.

Come aboard for a 107-minute journey with Dominique Görlitz, and join him in his adventures leading you to the origins of our civilization.

Building Pharaoh’s Ship – Can the legendary trading vessel of an Egyptian queen sail again?

A magnificent trading vessel embarks on a royal expedition to a mysterious, treasure-laden land called Punt. Is this journey, intricately depicted on the wall of one of Egypt's most impressive temples, mere myth--or was it a reality? The film follows a team of archaeologists and boat builders as they reconstruct an early Egyptian vessel from finds in archaeological excavations, and then finally launch it in to the Red Sea on a unique voyage of discovery.

Duration: 52 min, Cherryl Ward.

Lapita Voyage Expedition

First expedition by two traditional double canoes following one of the ancient migration routes into the Pacific. The ‘Lapita Voyage’ began in the first week of November 2008, when 2 double canoes, built on an ancient Polynesian canoe hull-form, set out on a 4,000 Nm voyage along the island chains of the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea and the Solomons. The destination of this charitable project was Anuta and Tikopia, two tiny, remote islands in the Santa Cruz Islands. At the destination the canoes were given to the local communities for their future inter-island voyaging.

Duration: 51. min.

James Wharram and Hanneke Boon

Virachocha I

The fascinating story about the reed ship Virachoca I that sailed the 2.600 miles from the coast of South America to Easter Island in 2000. This is the first successful attempt to reach isolated Easter Island in an ancient vessel. Phil Buck wanted to explore the possibilities of pre-Columbian voyages from South America in reed ships following in the wake of the balsa-raft Kon-Tiki (1947).
Phil Buck/Thom Pollard, Eyes Open Production.

Virachocha II

The facinating story about the reed ship Virachoca II that sailed from the coast of South America for Australia in 2003, but had to land on tiny Easer Island in because it got waterlogged and damaged. The adventurer Phil Buck undertook this voyage in order to test whether ancient mariners could cross the Pacific Ocean or not. The 64-foot long ship was build of more than 2.5 million individual reeds from California.
Phil Buck/Thom Pollard, Eyes Open Production.

Kabang 2010: Sea nomads from the Mergui archipelago sails the southwest coast of Norway.

This film tells the story about a voyage of cultural rediscovery and exchange, from Stavanger to Oslo in August of 2010. The project aims to challenge preconceptions of the maritime history of the Bronze Age in Scandinavia, by bringing a boat from Thailand that visually is identical to rock carvings found along the south coast of Norway. The boat, a log-sailing vessel is made by Moken, a small group of sea-nomads living in the Andamen Sea on their boats “kabang”. This 4.000 year old Austronesian maritime culture will along the voyage meet elements of the Norwegian 4.000 year old maritime history, in order to learn and get inspired to preserve their own traditional ways of life.
Runar J. Wiik, Ten Thousand Images.

Durration 30 min

The Ra Voyages

Documentary of the Ra expedition organized by Thor Heyerdahl, which crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a papyrus boat in 1969 and 1970. One of the most incredible true life adventures of our time. 106 min.

The Kon-Tiki Expedition

Kon-Tiki is the Academy Award-winning film of an astonishing adventure, a journey spanning 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. On April 28, 1947, Norwegian biologist Thor Heyerdahl and his five crew members embarked from Peru on a daring voyage to prove Heyerdahl's theory that the South Sea Islands were settled by South Americans aboard balsa wood rafts. Building a similar raft according to the pre-Columbian Indians' traditions, Heyerdahl and crew spent 101 suspenseful days on the open sea, alone amid raging storms, whales, and countless sharks until finally landing on the Polynesian island of Raroia. The expedition attracted worldwide interest, with Heyerdahl's book "Kon-Tiki" selling over 20 million copies in 67 languages and this Oscar-winning documentary, the commemorative 1997 edition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the voyage. 77 min

The Tangaroa Expedition

In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl undertook one of the last century's most adventurous expeditions - crossing the Pacific Ocean on a prehistoric raft made of balsa wood.

Almost 60 years later, Thor Heyerdahl's grandson, Olav Heyerdahl, is planning a new, larger raft with better controllability. A new raft is being built, using timber from a balsa wood plantation in Ecuador, in Callao in Peru, the same place Kon-Tiki was built. The raft has been named Tangaroa.

The expedition will start 59 years to the day after Kon-Tiki cast off. In front of Tangaroa lies an 8,000 km stretch of ocean.

"Will the raft sink?" "Are there dangerous sharks?" "How will they find the islands?" "Are there coconuts there?" "Are the islanders dangerous?" The Tangaroa expedition has three cornerstones: Research, education and communication. 58 minutes Videomaker.

The Kon-Tiki Man

The Kon-Tiki Man is a five 52-min-episode series that narrates important periods, events and expeditions in the life of Thor Heyerdahl.

Part 1. Ticket to Paradise

Thor Heyerdahl together with his young wife Liv traveled to the Pacific island Fatu-Hiva in 1037. For almost a year they live like Adam and Eve in paradise, with no money nor food supplies. Only gradually did this Roseauan ”back-to-nature” project develop into a quest to answer how and from where had the Polynesian colonized these islands.

Part 2. The mystery of Easter Island

In 1955-56 Thor Heyerdahl brought five archaeologists into the remote Pacific in order to solve the riddles of Easter Island. Together with the natives on the island they revealed how the giant statues on the island had been carved, transported and then erected on temple-platforms along the coast. Only through seeking the advise of native experts and taking their legend literally, did the Norwegian explorer and his team of archaeologists manage to solve part of the enigmatic history of this most lonely place on earth.

Part 3, - Reeds in the wind

Thor Heyerdahl did not believe the accepted theory that the great civilisations of Meso- and South-America had developed in isolation from the great civilizations of the Old World. Numerous cultural parallels between these geographically distant places told another story. In 1970 Heyerdahl and an international crew hoisted sail on a reconstruction of an ancient Egyptian reed boat Ra II from Safi in Marocco and sailed to Barbados in the West Indies. A construction flaw in the first boat the previous year had almost ended with a catastrophe.

Part 4. – The cradle of civilization

Around 5.000 years ago three great civilizations arose around the mouths of the Nile, Tigris and Indus rivers. What was the reason for the sudden leap in human social development? Why did civilization arose in three different locations at the same time? Was it likely that ocean voyaging and trade across the sea played a cruzial role in this development? In 1977 Thor Heyerdahl built the reed ship Tigris to test the ability of early contacts across the Indian Ocean.

Part 5. – Before the beginning

Thor Heyerdahl begun in 1988 the investigation of the huge ritual site of Tucume in Peru, where 26 huge abdobe pyramids had been built. Here he unearthed evidence of trade and contact between Meso- and South America and possible connection between the Peruvian coast and Easter Island in the Pacific.