The Raft

Fast Forward 2018 / Projections:
13/12/2018 / 17h00 / CIC ‘Budo Tomović’ – Dodest Scene / Podgorica
14/12/2018 / 19h30 / Cinema Boka / Kotor

SplavMarcus Lindeen, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Germany, 2018, 97′

Director: Marcus Lindeen
Screenplay: Marcus Lindeen
Editor: Dominika Daubenbüchel, Alexandra Strauss
Starring: Maria Björnstam, Mary Gidley, Rachida Lièvre, Edna Reves, Fé Seymour, Eisuke Yamaki, Servane Zanotti
Producer: Erik Gandini


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’.

About the author

Marcus Lindeen is an artist, writer and director. He studied directing at Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm and made his debut with Regretters, both a theater play and a documentary film about two Swedish men who change their sex twice. His latest film, ‘The Raft’, premiered at CPH:DOX film festival in Copenhagen where it picked up the main award.

Festivals and awards

CPH: DOX (Denmark) – the DOX award
IDFA International Documentary Film festival Amsterdam 2018 (The Netherlands)
BFI London Film Festival 2018 (United Kingdom)
Zürich Film Festival 2018 (Switzerland)
Melbourne Film Festival 2018 (Australia)
Chicago Film Festival 2018 (USA) – Silver Hugo Award for Documentary Film
São Paolo Film Festival 2018 (Brasil)
Doclisboa 2018 (Portugal)
Helsinki Film Festival 2018 (Finland)
Athens Film Festival 2018 (Greece) – Special Award
Bergen Film Festival 2018 (Norway)
Antenna Documentary Film Festival 2018 (Australia)
Dokufest Kosovo 2018 (Kosovo)
Kaunas Film Festival 2018 (Lithuania)
Haifa Film Festival 2018 (Israel)