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Meeting point : Cinéma du Musée - 1379-A Sherbrooke Street West
Duration : 1h 37
Cinéma du Musée
THE RAFT – THE ACALI EXPERIMENT (English subtitles)

Presented in original multilingual version 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, initiated by Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés, who proposed to use the group as guinea pigs in his investigation of the origins (and erotics) of violent conflict. Contentious from the get-go, incorrectly labeled by the media as the ‘Sex Raft,’ the Acali mission stayed afloat for 101 days—and 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.

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