The Raft

1 Hr. 37 Min.

Screening Format: DCP
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Sponsored by: Judith McGregor and Richard Gallun


In an infamous 1973 scientific experiment that the press dubiously named the “sex raft,” 11 strangers spent three months drifting across the Atlantic Ocean on a raft. The researchers who arranged the study hoped to learn about group behavioral dynamics, but that’s not all that happened. Mixing astonishing archival footage with a present-day reunion of the surviving members, The Raft takes viewers inside that strange, unforgettable journey.


"A document, as well as a documentary, of genuine consequence. The news is surprising, and pretty darned good." - Wall Street Journal


"Favored with copious amounts of footage shot during the voyage, as well as Genovés' collected data and writings, Lindeen forged a riveting and illuminating study of the unscrupulous endeavor." - Los Angeles Times


"You wonder why THE RAFT hasn't been turned into a drama yet, since it's got everything: a high-concept premise, big ideas, conflict, base urges, twists, action, and a diverse cast in which looking good with little on is historically accurate." - The Wrap




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Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures and Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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