In 1994, over sixty students at Ariel School in Zimbabwe witnessed something incredible. It has impacted their lives to this day. This is their story.
Release date May 20, 2022
“I enjoyed the film greatly. It puts the issue in a touching, emotional place…” – Emmy Award-winning actor and filmmaker Dan Aykroyd
Watch the Ariel Phenomenon trailer here.
New York, NY – May 18, 2022 – String Theory Films announces the release of Ariel Phenomenon, a new feature documentary exploring the Ariel School UFO sighting, witnessed by over sixty schoolchildren at Zimbabwe’s Ariel School in 1994.
Never-before-seen archival media from the widespread coverage from 1994, as well as current-day interviews with past students, builds a touching story of the human impact of such an event. Nearly three decades later, witnesses still struggle with the question: what happens when you experience something so extraordinary that nobody believes you.
Directed by Randall Nickerson, the film follows a past student on a journey back to the Ariel School, as well as two investigators’ involvement with the case. Harvard psychiatrist Dr. John Mack’s validation of the witnesses made this mass-sighting impossible to ignore, and the respected BBC war reporter Tim Leach was led to risk his career on the one story that haunted him the most.
“If you subtract the UFO element, this film is simply about the human experience of dealing with, and having to keep secret, a traumatic event that invites judgment,” says director and producer Randall Nickerson, who has worked on the film since 2008. Also on the team are Christopher Seward (Fahrenheit 911, Sicko, One Child Nation) and Los Angeles-based composer Nathaniel Walcott (composer for The Fault in Our Stars, and Bright Eyes band member). When set to Nickerson’s breathtaking cinematography of African wilderness, the film breaks the mold of a UFO-genre film and invites audiences from all sides of the UFO debate to witness this story for themselves.
As interest in the topic of UAP and UAP grows, audiences may recognize the event from the 2020 documentary The Phenomenon by James Fox, which dedicated the last twelve minutes of the film to the Ariel School incident.
Look for my review soon!