The Raft (Flotten)

The Raft
Directed by Marcus Lindeen
Saturday, September 21, 6 pm
Sunday, September 22, 3 pm

“A riveting and illuminating study of the unscrupulous endeavor.”—Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times

In the summer of 1973, a young international crew of six women and five men embarked together on a most unusual sea voyage—a close-quarters trip across the Atlantic from Spain to Mexico on a free-floating raft christened the Acali. Initiated by Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés, who initiated the voyage, proposed to use the group as guinea pigs in his investigation of the origins of violent conflict and the dynamics of sexual attraction.

Contentious from the get-go and  incorrectly labeled by the media as “The Sex Raft,” the Acali mission stayed afloat for 101 days—and now, more than forty years later, the surviving crew members reunite to reenact and recollect their experience, additionally illustrated with extensive 16mm archival footage from the voyage. What results is a document of the thin line between science and cultism in the early 70s, a touching story of female camaraderie and, in the character of Genovés, an unforgettable portrait of oblivious, toxic masculinity. 2018, Sweden/Denmark/Germany, DCP, in English, French, German, Japanese, Swedish, and Spanish with English subtitles, 97 minutes. Recommended for 16+.