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 has distribution in Sweden, Denmark, France, Switzerland, US and the UK.

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, Kaunas Film Festival and Haifa Film Festival.

Interview with Marcus Lindeen in Filmmaker Magazine.

”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’.” – Review in 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