Nominated for Best Foreign Film, "Kon-Tiki" is the story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his attempted 1947 expedition from South America to the Polynesian islands. In an attempt to prove that the journey could have been made with pre-Columbian items, Heyerdahl constructed his raft out of simple materials. Kon-Tiki is an old name for the Incan creator god Viracocha, who was closely associated with the sea and also worshipped in Polynesia. The original raft is on display at the Kon-Tiki museum in Oslo, Norway.
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