Metrograph Pictures

The Raft
The Raft
Director: Marcus Lindeen
2018 / 97 / DCP

Upcoming Bookings
June 7 | Metrograph, New York, NY
June 7 | Globe Cinema, Calgary, AB
June 7 | Cinema du Musee, Montreal, QB
June 7 | Cinema Moderne, Montreal, QB
June 7 | Cinema le Clap, Quebec City, QB
June 7 | Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
June 10 | DocYard at The Brattle, Cambrige, MA
June 10 | Minor Theatre, Arcata, CA
June 14 | Laemmle Glendale, Glendale, CA
June 14 | Frontier, Brunswick, ME
June 15 | Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
June 21 | Alamo Drafthouse, San Francisco, CA
June 21 | Digital Gym Cinema, San Diego, CA
June 28 | Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
June 28 | Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, CA
June 28 | Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
July 10 | Austin Film Society, Austin, TX
August 2 | Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
August 16 | Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR
August 30 | Tallahassee Film Society, Tallahassee, FL
September 18 | FilmBar, Phoenix, AZ

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 proposed to use the group as guinea pigs in his investigation of the origins (and erotics) of violent conflict. Contentious from the get-go, 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 only surviving crew members reunite to reenact and recollect their experience, additionally illustrated with extensive 16mm archival footage from on-board. 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 person of Genovés, an unforgettable portrait of oblivious, tyrannical toxic masculinity.

Past Screenings
Victoria Film Festival, Victoria, BC
Cabin Fever, Camden, ME
River Run International Film Festival, Winston-Salem, NC
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC
Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison, WI
The Cinematheque, Vancouver, BC