Running time 1h 37m | Directed by Marcus Lindeen| USA | Documentary
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In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human behavior. Although the project became known in the press as ‘The Sex Raft’, nobody expected what ultimately took place on that three month journey. Through extraordinary archive material and a reunion of the surviving members of the expedition on a full scale replica of the raft, this film tells the hidden story behind what has been described as ‘one of the strangest group experiments of all time.’
Director Marcus Lindeen richly intersperses these staged interviews with archival footage filmed during the journey, as the documentary itself becomes an experiment in memory-making and revelation.
Naomi Keenan O’Shea | Film Comment Magazine | Full review
You wonder why The Raft hasn’t been turned into a drama yet, since it’s got everything: a high-concept premise, big ideas, conflict, base urges, twists, action, and a diverse cast in which looking good with little on is historically accurate.
Robert Abele | TheWrap | Full review