THE FILM

ABOUT THE FILM

In 1994, over sixty schoolchildren witnessed an unidentified craft land outside their schoolyard. Director Randall Nickerson traveled to Zimbabwe and around the globe to interview witnesses  – all of whom have never forgotten that day.

We meet a respected BBC war reporter who reluctantly covered the event, ultimately leading him to risk his career on the one story that haunted him the most. 

Jeopardizing his reputation is Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard psychiatrist Dr. John Mack, whose validation of the witnesses made this mass-sighting impossible to ignore.

In the ivory towers of academia, an unprecedented battle rages around his study of alien visitations.

Twenty-five years later, this incident is still fresh in the classmates’ memories, while they search for answers and the courage to speak their truth in the face of a hostile world.

THE EVENT

On September 16th, 1994 at the Ariel School in rural Zimbabwe, over sixty school children described seeing a disc-shaped craft land behind the school during morning break time.

 

Children reported seeing strange beings, and some received wordless communication about the harm we are causing to our planet.

There were multiple sightings of unusual aerial phenomena by hundreds of Zimbabweans during this same time period. 

 

At least seven media crews visited the school. Though initially publicized worldwide, the event quickly disappeared from the public eye - but not from the hearts and minds of those who witnessed it.

Harvard psychiatrist Dr. John Mack traveled to Zimbabwe to interview the children in depth. After exhaustive investigation, he concluded that the children were telling the truth.

 

Ariel Phenomenon is an intriguing, sensitive exploration into this event, and one of the biggest mysteries of mankind: are we alone in the universe?

 
 

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STRING THEORY FILMS PRESENTS “ARIEL PHENOMENON” A FILM BY RANDALL NICKERSON STORY EDITOR CHRISTOPHER SEWARD EDITED BY RANDALL NICKERSON, CHRISTOPHER SEWARD AND RIKK DESGRES ORIGINAL MUSIC BY NATHANIEL WALCOTT & HENRIK ASTROM, ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS REBECCA RIDEOUT AND ANNE KRZANOWSKI CINEMATOGRAPHER RANDALL NICKERSON

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