The Raft
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    The Raft


    Directed by

    Sweden, Denmark, United States, Germany


    97 min

    • French
    • English
    • Swedish


    In 1973, five men and six women sailed across the Atlantic on a raft. A social experiment and a scientific study of violence, aggression, sex and group behaviour, conducted by a radical Mexican anthropologist. Everything was filmed and documented in a diary. But theory is one thing, practice is another. And without wanting to reveal too much, the experiment didn't exactly work out as planned. Over 40 years later, Swedish artist and filmmaker Marcus Lindeen brings the crew together again for the first time since the experiment, on a faithful copy of the raft in a film studio, to look back at the three intense months they spent together, isolated and without privacy, on 'The Sex Raft', as the press called it. An experiment that in many ways encapsulates the excessive 1970s, and which produced a strange wealth of analogue 'big data' about human relations in the shape of Super 8 footage, statistics and diaries from the journey. Lindeen's film about the Acali experiment is a both dramatic and psychologically insightful work, which brings a sensational, but almost unknown story into the present age without losing sight of the nuances of the radical adventure.


    • Dox:Award - CPH:DOX
    • Special Mention - Athens FF




    Three months without privacy on a raft. The story of the strangest social experiment of all times - told by those who took part in it.


    Marcus  Lindeen

    Marcus Lindeen


    Marcus Lindeen is an artist, writer and director. He studied directing at Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm and made his debut with REGRETTERS, both a theater play and a documentary film about two Swedish men who change their sex twice. The play was translated into several languages and the film went on to win numerous awards. Among them the prestigious Prix Europa for best European documentary in Berlin in 2010. REGRETTERS also picked up both the Swedish Academy Award (Guldbagge) and Kristallen (Swedish Emmy) for best documentary film in 2011. Besides touring a ton of festivals, the film was also screened at MoMA in New York and The National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow. In 2011 his second film ACCIDENTES GLORIOSOS premiered at The Venice Film Festival and won the prize for best medium-length film in the Orizzonti section. It’s an experimental fiction in black-and-white that deals with car crashes, sexual adventures and bottomless holes. The film also screened in the festival Hors Pistes at Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2012 his play THE ARCHIVE OF UNREALIZED DREAMS AND VISIONS opened at Stockholms Stadsteater. The production is based on unfinished and never seen film scripts by Ingmar Bergman. Lindeen’s theater work has also been produced and presented for Dramaten (The Royal Dramatic theater in Stockholm), Riksteatern (The National Touring Company of Sweden), The National Theater in Oslo and The Schaubühne in Berlin. His latest production, A GENERATION LOST (2013), about youth unemployment, was produced for The Royal Dramatic Theater (Dramaten) and went on to be performed in The Swedish Parliament and broadcasted on National Swedish Television. The same year he was commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm to create the performance Wild Minds, which in 2016 was invited to perform at The Schaubühne in Berlin. Marcus Lindeen is currently both writing a new play on commission from The Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm and working on his next documentary feature film. Both projects are due to premiere in 2017. His short film DEAR DIRECTOR premiered in competition at The Locarno Film Festival in 2015.