The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will host a special screening Sunday, July 14, at 6 p.m. of the new feature film “Kon-Tiki,” about the adventures of Thor Heyerdahl, with special guest Liv Rockefeller of Camden, who has family ties to the Norwegian explorer.

The stunningly photographed, sweeping adventure film “Kon-Tiki” portrays the true voyage of Heyerdahl, who crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947. Together with five men, Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen) sets sail to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settled on Polynesian islands. After gathering financing for the trip with loans and donations, he and his crew set off on an epic 101-day long journey across 8,000 kilometers, facing peril at every turn, all while the world watched.

This was not Heyerdahl’s maiden voyage of discovery. In 1936, he and his bride Liv Coucheron Torp, Liv Rockefeller’s mother, set off on their first daring expedition to the South Pacific Marquesas islands, 1,000 miles from Tahiti, in an adventure they later documented in the book “Fatu Hiva.” There they lived off the land for a year without provisions, weapons or a radio. Rockefeller will share her mother’s story and talk about the couple’s dynamic partnership and the inspiration for Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki project.

With other members of the Heyerdahl family, Rockefeller was able to visit the “Kon-Tiki” film set and, joining the king and queen of Norway, attended the film’s premiere in Oslo last year, where she had the opportunity to speak with the actress who plays her mother in the film.

Additional screenings of “Kon-Tiki” are scheduled from Friday through Tuesday, July 12 through 16, with matinees Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. This film is rated PG-13 for a few harrowing moments at sea, but suitable for family viewing.

Tickets are $8.50; $7.50 for students and senior citizens and for all during matinees. For more information, call 594-0070, ext. 5.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or