Documentary

‘Ariel Phenomenon’ Documentary Drops Trailer and Release Date

The highly anticipated film on the 1994 Zimbabwe UFO incident is finally coming in for a landing

Ryan Sprague
Strange Visitors
Published in
5 min readApr 29, 2022

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Official Synopsis: In 1994, over sixty school children witnessed an unidentified craft land outside their schoolyard. Twenty-five years later, this incident is still fresh in students’ memories. They continue to search for answers — and the courage to speak their truth. In this first feature documentary about the Ariel School UFO incident, a young woman returns to her school in rural Zimbabwe — the place that, at the age of nine, shattered her reality. 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.

With the release of the highly anticipated documentary, Ariel Phenomenon on May 20th, we won’t be able to ignore it either.

Randall Nickerson with current Ariel School students

Ariel Phenomenon has been a passion-project for its director, Randall Nickerson, for a handful of years now. Below, he explains how the film came to be:

“When I first saw the archival interviews with the Ariel School students, conducted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard professor Dr. Mack, I was fascinated by the authenticity of the children. As I got deeper into the material, I had a lot of unanswered questions. I ended up journeying three times to Zimbabwe and southern Africa, and also to the U.K, Canada, and around the U.S., to interview people who were at the Ariel School (and the surrounding region) on that day. My team and I have dug up every type of primary document and media we could find, and it has grown into its current form: a feature-length documentary travelogue, journeying back to Africa with a former Ariel student, while following the paths of individuals whose lives were entwined with the event.”

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Ryan Sprague
Strange Visitors

Author, Podcast Host, TV Host, and UFO Researcher