NatGeo Premiering Kon-Tiki Expedition Documentary on May 3rd

Premieres This Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. ET/PT During Night of Exploration on National Geographic Channel

by Robin Rowe

Kon-Tiki expedition proved ancient civilization had the technology to sail to America

Kon-Tiki expedition proved ancient civilization had the technology to sail to America

Hollywood, CA (Gosh!TV) 2013/5/2 – “Everybody believed that they were going to die out there, says Kon-Tiki director Joachim Rønning. “Heyerdal has such great inner power that he can talk men into joining him on a raft across the Pacific,” says Kon-Tiki author Petter Skavlan. “You wanna make a film about that man.”

National Geographics Channel premiers a 30-minute documentary from The Weinstein Company on the making of the Oscar-nominated foreign language film Kon-Tiki. It’s the story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947.

“Shot in open waters in six countries, Kon-Tiki tells the incredible true story of Heyerdahl’s expedition from Peru to Polynesia on a primitive balsa wood raft in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times,” says a source at National Geographic Channel. “The journey changed the way we understand cultural migration today.”

Hosted by Extra’s Maria Menounos, this half-hour documentary goes behind the scenes with new film that brings to life one of the daring and dramatic sea exploration. Part of a Night of Exploration on National Geographic Channel, this documentary comes after the film’s limited theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles on April 26th.

NatGeo Channel Night of Exploration celebrates the mavericks and pioneers who dare to delve into strange lands and fascinating cultures to make groundbreaking discoveries that make a difference. NatGeo Channel presents stories from the most evocative and unforgettable expeditions. A weekly tribute, airs every Friday.

Premieres Friday, May 3rd, 2013, at 7 p.m. ET/PT

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