Portland’s river advocacy group the Human Access Project (HAP), host the annual summer Big Float. Now they’re screening the 1951 movie Kon-Tiki, to launch a fundraising campaign  Thursday, December 7 at the Hollywood Theatre (6:30), 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

Kon-Tiki features actual footage of the life-or-death journey Thor Heyerdahl and a small crew made in 1947 on a homemade balsa raft from Peru to Polynesia, all to show a disbelieving world it could be done. The extraordinary feat changed world opinion on ancient migration.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1951. Following the screening, there’s an after-party with complimentary Kona beer, Fire and Stone Restaurant pizza, music, dancing, and  conversation held nearby at Popina Swimwear East, 2030 NE 42nd Ave. .

With its advocacy work to create beaches and greater river access in downtown Portland, and with The Big Float it puts on every year, HAP is showing you can change your world whether on a raft, innertube or theater seat.

See one of the most amazing raft voyages in human history on the big screen. Tickets are $9 and available at hollywoodtheatre.com. Learn more about HAP at humanaccessproject.com.