“Randall Nickerson’s unique and moving film is made with humanity, honesty, and a sense of awe. With brilliance and sensitivity, Ariel Phenomenon documents a close encounter with a landed UFO and its occupants by dozens of school children. A story about a lot more than a UFO sighting (as extraordinary as that was), Ariel Phenomenon covers the intimate journeys of a BBC reporter, investigators, school teachers, a renowned psychiatrist and the young witnesses themselves trying to make sense of something that is not supposed to happen, but did. I highly recommend it.”
-Leslie Kean, author of the New York Times best-seller UFOs: Generals,
Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record
“The perception of our common human experience becomes radically broadened and challenged upon hearing the testimony of the Ariel School children. It puts the issue in a touching, emotional place. The treatment of John Mack’s career was well-struck and essential to the film.
Travis Walton says we have to think of these visiting beings as just people from somewhere else. In
the Ariel case, these people from elsewhere chose the perfect earth contactees - innocent, truth-telling school children.”
- Dan Aykroyd, Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian and filmmaker
“The film, beyond the obvious profound nature and wealth of evidence of the event, also brings a very human element to the genre and ufology that hasn’t been present in other high profile films to date."
-Gregory Markel, CEO, Infuse Creative
“In the annals of UFO sightings, few close encounters of any kind remain as troubling as the 1994 event described by dozens of children at the Ariel School in rural Zimbabwe. Documentarian Randall Nickerson brings the mystery alive, revisiting the scene and tracking down original witnesses, now grownups still haunted by nightmarish memories. Was it really true? Did it really happen? But how?”
-Ralph Blumenthal, award-winning journalist and author
Sampling of Fan Feedback:
"I think this is one of the most important and least understood UFO incidents of modern times. I hope the movie will help to bring it the serious attention it deserves, and with it, better acceptance that it did happen."
"I have been fascinated by this story ever since I heard about it. The fact that children drew pictures of what they saw and they all drew very similar things.”
“So: in the past 24 hours I have gone from the number one skeptic of this case to believing something very powerful and rare has occurred."
"Something so genuine about these interviews. Chilling."
“I am a skeptic but this film is such a fresh take on the genre. I really like the human approach to it.”