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The Raft

2018, Marcus Lindeen, Sweden, 98 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 28th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jun 28th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 29th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Jun 30th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Jul 1st 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jul 2nd 7:45pm
  • Wed, Jul 3rd 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jul 4th 4:45pm
First Chicago run!

"Gripping...navigated with wit, sensitivity and rueful social awareness."—Guy Lodge, Variety

"Ripples with insights into identity politics and humanity under pressure."—Kevin Harley, The List

It started out looking like a predecessor of Big Brother or a sequel to Lord of the Flies; the tabloid press dubbed it "The Sex Raft." It ended up being none of those things. The subject of this engrossing documentary is a once-notorious, long-forgotten event known as the Acali Experiment. Spanish anthropologist Santiago Genovés came up with the concept of bringing together eleven strangers—six female, five male—on a raft that would drift across the Atlantic. Provocatively for the time, he selected a woman as captain, and he chose attractive subjects in hopes of getting the sexual pot simmering. The idea was that isolation plus boredom plus lust would bring out the human species' inherent tendencies toward violence. Reuniting seven surviving subjects (six of them, crucially, women) on a life-size reconstruction of the raft, director Lindeen expertly mixes their recollections with recently unearthed film footage and excerpts from Genovés's journals to piece together a very different narrative, as illuminating as it was unexpected. In English, Swedish, German, and French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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