The Raft

The Raft follows the story of eleven people, five men and six women, who decided to cross the Atlantic on a raft in 1973.

The journey was part of a psychological and anthropological experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human behaviour.

The Acali raft, which was built specifically for the experiment, was dubbed The Acali Experiment. The word “Acali“, comes from the Nahuatl language which means, “the house on the water”.

Once in the public eye, the project’s name was gradually changed by the press to The Sex Raft. This created a larger influx of publicity, creating many avid readers soaking up the details of the experiment’s progress.

As the three-month journey unfolded, with the public eye fixated on the raft and its raised popularity, the scientific experiment slowly devolved into becoming a reality tv-esque segment which could be compared to an “intellectual Big Brother” show today.

To illustrate the full journey, The Raft, gathers the remarkable archive material from the three-month trip and assembles the remaining members of the expedition on a full-scale replica of the Acali.

Through the members and archive footage of the expedition, we’ll get an insight into the hidden story, described as ‘one of the strangest group experiments of all time‘.

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The Raft
  • Info
  • Release date18 January 2019
  • Full runtime1 hour 34 minutes
  • Part of the seriesStoryville
  • DirectorMarcus Lindeen