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The experiment that revealed the inherent goodness of man

The Raft
Regissør: Marcus Lindeen
(Sverige, Danmark, USA, Tyskland)

The Raft tells the story of the Acali experiment in 1973, which aimed to find the origins of human aggression. The results of the experiment surprised.

The Raft was shown at Nordic Panorama in the autumn, after the premiere at CPH: DOX in Copenhagen, where it won the main prize for best documentary. The film follows the diary of Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés, who studied violent behavior between people in what he called the "Acali Experiment." Clearly inspired by Thor Heyerdahl's Ra expedition, in which he himself participated, Genovés decides to isolate a group of people on a small fleet named Acali and let them drift across the Atlantic in 101 days – hoping to find the origins of human aggression.

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From the hundreds of applicants who responded to Genovés' advertisement, he selected only young and sexually attractive people, who otherwise had very different backgrounds, nationalities, religions and social status. To provoke male aggression, he chose only women for crucial roles – such as being a captain, doctor and professional diver. The men were referred to trivial tasks such as washing and kitchen service. . .

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Margareta Hruza
Hruza is a Czech / Norwegian filmmaker and regular critic of Ny Tid.

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