The Raft

2018 / 97 minutes /

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 of violent conflict and dynamics of sexual attraction. 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 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.

A Metrograph Pictures release.

Previous Bookings
DocSoup, Toronto, ON
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
Metrograph, New York, NY
Globe Cinema, Calgary, AB
Cinema du Musee, Montreal, QB
Cinema Moderne, Montreal, QB

Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
DocYard at The Brattle, Cambrige, MA
Frontier, Brunswick, ME
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
Laemmle Glendale, Glendale, CA
Digital Gym Cinema, San Diego, CA
The Miniplex, Arcata, CA
Alamo Drafthouse, San Francisco, CA
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, CA
Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Tin Pan Theater, Bend, OR
Austin Film Society, Austin, TX
IndieMemphis, Memphis, TN
Sun-Ray Cinema, Jacksonville, FL
Dundee Theater, Omaha, NB
Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Crandell Theatre, Chatham, NY
Winnipeg Film Group, Winnipeg, MB
Full Frame Road Show, Durham, NC
Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH
Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR
14 Pews, Houston, TX
Tallahassee Film Society, Tallahassee, FL
Ryder Film Series, Bloomington, IN
Webster Film Series, Saint Louis, MO
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
FilmBar, Phoenix, AZ
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Port Jefferson Documentary Series, Stony Brook, NY
Cinema Detroit, Detroit, MI
House of Sweden, Washington, D.C.
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI
Out North Contemporary Art House, Anchorage, AK
Vermont International Film Festival, Burlington, VT
ReFrame Film Festival, Peterborough, ON
Sausalito Community Boating Center, Sausalito, CA