Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

This brief documentary is too short to provide much context, but it captures an amazing story with you-are-there authenticity. When Thor Heyerdahl's belief that South Americans settled the South Pacific was dismissed by historians as impossible because their primitive rafts wouldn't survive the voyage, he set out to make dramatic proof that it was possible: He built a raft using only the tools of the era, with no modern equipment aboard except a radio and movie camera, and set sail. This film was assembled from the footage and makes for a great adventure tale, a story of modern intellectuals versus the same elements that have battled mankind since ancient times. It's a special story and worth seeing.

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