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Adventures in murky waters: The enactment and commemoration of Kon-Tiki
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, Cinema Studies.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, ISSN 2042-7891, E-ISSN 2042-7905, Vol. 3, no 2, 141-149 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl and five crewmembers accomplished a 6900 km sea voyage on a reconstructed balsa wood raft to prove that Peruvian Indians could have settled in Polynesia. The article addresses the meanings of authenticity, enactment and cultural memory in relation to the expedition film Kon-Tiki (Heyerdahl and Nordemar, 1950). The film’s production history and its international success are part of a postwar media event, in itself a trans-Atlantic adventure that has only recently been the subject of scholarly attention.

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2013. Vol. 3, no 2, 141-149 p.
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expedition film, documentary cinema, post-war media culture, media event, cultural memory
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Media and Communications
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Cinema Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-95153DOI: 10.1386/jsca.3.2.141_1OAI: diva2:658794
Available from: 2013-10-22 Created: 2013-10-22 Last updated: 2016-03-10Bibliographically approved

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