The Raft

Markus Lindéen, Sweden, 2018

97 min.Documentary

In the summer of 1973, five men and six women embarked on a 101-day scientific
sea-adventure, drifting on a small raft named ‘Acali’ across the Atlantic. In an
experiment initiated by Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés, the project’s
aim was to explore the origins of violence and the dynamics of sexual attraction.
The eleven members of the crew were handpicked from around the world with the
objective of mixing religion, gender and nationality to maximize friction on board.

Genovés called the expedition a ‘Peace Project’ but it did not take long for the
international press to rename it ‘The Sex Raft’, a nickname which still upsets some
members of the crew. As leader of the experiment, Genovés had hoped that
violent conflicts and sex orgies would result from the close quarters in which his
human guinea pigs were forced to live, but what ultimately happened on that
drifting raft was entirely unexpected. Instead of fighting or having sex, the group
slowly turned against him. Mutiny was discussed and at one point there was even a
plan to kill him.

Today, more than forty years later, the surviving members of ‘The Acali Expedition’
reunite in a film studio where they climb onboard a stylized reconstruction of the
Acali raft to tell the hidden story behind what has been described as ’one of the
strangest group experiments of all time.’The Raft
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title The Raft
Danish title Tømmerflåden
Keywords Science, Behaviour, Human beings, Experiments, 1970-1979
Director Markus Lindéen
Producer Erik Gandini
Director of Photography Måns Månsson
Editor Alexandra Strauss, Dominika Daubenbuchel
Appearance Fé Seymour, Maria Björnstam, Eisuke Yamaki, Mary Gidley
Production country Sweden, Denmark, Germany, United States
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, DOXBIO
Danish theatrical release 05.09.2018
Online release 18.01.2019, Filmcentralen
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company
Executive Producer Fasad
Co-production Bullitt Film, Sveriges Television, Film i Väst
With support from Svenska Filminstitutet, Det Danske Filminstitut, VPRO - Television, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, DR, Creative Europe, The Catapult Film Fund, YLE, Klas Jansson Bygg, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Ford Foundation
In collaboration with Sutor Kolonko, Motto Pictures
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, DOXBIO


Direction Markus Lindéen
1st assistant director Yvonne Lundin


Producer Erik Gandini
Executive producer Jesper Kurlandsky
Co-producer Vibeke Vogel
Co-producer Ingmar Trost
Executive producer Julie Goldman
Executive producer Christopher Clements
Associate producer Libossart, Juan Pablo
Line producer Man Chiu Leung Carlson
Post Producer Lars Arvidsson
Production coordinator Rikke Tambo Andersen
Production coordinator Sophia Jacques


Cinematographer Måns Månsson


Editor Alexandra Strauss
Editor Dominika Daubenbuchel


Music Hans Appelqvist


Sound Hans Møller


Voiceover Daniel Giménez Cacho


Appearance Fé Seymour
Appearance Maria Björnstam
Appearance Eisuke Yamaki
Appearance Mary Gidley
Appearance Edna Reves
Appearance Rachida Lièvre

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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Information Nikolajsen, Lone 2018-09-06
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Vandrup, Frederik Asschenfeldt 2018-09-06
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