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Directed by Marcus Lindeen

Sweden, Denmark, Germany, United States 2018 97 mins. In English, French, German, Japanese, Swedish, Spanish with English subtitles

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. Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés initiated the trip; he proposed to use the group as guinea pigs in his investigation of the origins (and erotics) of violent conflict. Contentious from the get-go, and incorrectly labeled by the media as the “Sex Raft,” the Acali mission stayed afloat for 101 days. Now, more than forty years later, the only surviving crew members reunite to reenact and recollect their experience, additionally illustrated with extensive 16mm archival footage from on-board. 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 person of Genovés, an unforgettable portrait of oblivious, tyrannical toxic masculinity. (Metrograph Pictures)



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