Scene from the film Extraction: The Raft Of The Medusa
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Extraction: The Raft Of The Medusa

  • Portugal
  • Switzerland
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Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa is a meditation on humanity’s massive redesign of the planet and a dystopic pamphlet on the anthropocene. Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa portrays a brief moment of euphoria as the drifting occupants on the raft, hoping and praying to be rescued, appear to glimpse a possibility of salvation. We can almost hear the hoarse cries through which they attempt to draw attention to their desperate plight, mustering a final ounce of strength before the void. This is their last chance of survival. Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa refers to the colonial paradigm, worldview, and technologies that mark out regions of high biodiversity in order to reduce life to its conversion into a resource through capitalism, with an enormous environmental and social impact. It is an allegory for states of emergency in environmental policy, climate and migration, with an ethical-political purpose.


  • Original title
    Extraction: The Raft Of The Medusa
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Salomé Lamas, Isabel Ramos
  • Cast
    Henrique Furtado, Luis Guerra, Matthieu Ehrlacher, João Villas Boas, Cláudio Vieira, Bruno Brandolino, Filipe Pereira, Paulo Quedas
  • DOP
    Rui Xavier
  • Editing
    Francisco Moreira
  • Sound
    Miguel Martins
  • Duration
    11 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
    • Switzerland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Germany
    • Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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