The Raft
The Raft

The Raft 12A PS


Please note: This was screened in Jan 2019

Marcus Lindeen
Daniel Giménez Cacho, Maria Björnstam, Mary Gidley
98 mins, Subtitled, 2018, Sweden | Denmark | USA | Germany

Winner of Best Documentary at Copenhagen's CPH:DOX festival, this dramatic and psychologically insightful doc revisits anthropologist Santiago Genoves' controversial Acali Experiment in which 11 strangers were put to sea together on a tiny raft for 100 days.

In the summer of 1973, five men and six women with different nationalities, races, religions and social backgrounds sailed across the Atlantic on a raft. Dubbed 'one of the strangest experiments of all time' (and also more salaciously as the 'Sex Raft'), it was intended to be a scientific study of violence, aggression, sex and group behaviour. Nobody expected what ultimately took place on that three-month journey...

Over 40 years later, Swedish director Marcus Lindeen has re-created the raft in a studio and invited the seven survivors of the expedition to reflect on their time at sea, unveiling the hidden story behind this fascinating experiment.

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