The Raft


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.’

The Raft is a documentary feature film that premiered at CPH:DOX film festival in 2018, where it picked up the main award for best international documentary film. The film secured several distribution deals with theatrical releases in France (Urban Distribution), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Denmark (DoxBio), Switzerland (Xenix), Mexico/Colombia (Cinetonalá), the UK (Modern Films) and the US (Metrograph Pictures). It has, so far, screened in over 50 film festivals. Among them festivals like IDFA, BFI London, Zürich, Melbourne, Sao Paolo, Moscow and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The film won the Prix Europa for Best European TV Documentary 2019 and the Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, among other awards.

The Raft became a New York Times Critic’s Pick and was broadcasted on BBC Storyville.

FESTIVALS: CPH:DOX, IDFA, BFI London Film Festival, Zürich Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, São Paolo Film Festival, DocLisboa, Helsinki Film Festival, Athens Film Festival, Bergen Film Festival, Antenna Documentary Film Festival, DokuFest Kosovo, Beldocs, Kaunas Film Festival and Haifa Film Festival.

Interview with Marcus Lindeen in Filmmaker Magazine.


”A mind-blowing nonfiction adventure”Los Angeles Times

”It is an extraordinary story, beautifully and vividly told in Lindeen’s film​” – The Guardian

”Sensitive and spellbinding – ’The Raft,’ like the people aboard it, floats along the surface of a vast ocean of mystery and memory. The result is a bizarre, captivating, and borderline unbelievable memory play” – Indiewire

Swedish filmmaker Marcus Lindeen’s engaging documentary effectively delves into the intriguing subject matter, delivering an engrossing exploration of human dynamics that still resonate today.” – Empire

”The surprisingly short leap from radical academic study to lurid exploitation is navigated with wit, sensitivity and rueful social awareness in Swedish director Marcus Lindeen’s gripping debut feature ’The Raft’.” – Variety

Title: The Raft
Genre: Documentary
Length: 97 min
Format: DCP – 2K, 2:39 Scope, Color
Language: English, French, Japanese, Swedish, German and Spanish
Production year: 2018

Director and writer: Marcus Lindeen
Producer: Erik Gandini, Fasad
Co-producers: Vibeke Vogel, Bullitt Film, Ingmar Trost, Sutor Kolonko
Executive producers: Jesper Kurlandsky, Fasad, Julie Goldman and Christopeher Clements, Motto Pictures
Principal cast: Maria Björnstam, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Servane Zanotti, Rachida Lièvre, Eisuke Yamaki, Fé Seymour, Mary Gidley and Edna Reves.
Editing: Dominika Daubenbüchel, Alexandra Strauss
Production Design: Simone Grau Roney
Cinematography: Måns Månsson
Music: Hans Appelqvist
Sound: Hans Møller

World Sales: Wide House