Ariel Phenomenon

Spring 2020 Update

We’ve checked in with the producers of Ariel Phenomenon and been assured that the lack of updates on their social media sites does not mean there has been any pause in progress towards securing a distribution deal for this long-awaited feature-length documentary.

Fan art by Jonathan Lindholm from Ariel Phenomenon’s Instagram feed

January 2020 Update

The filmmakers attended American Film Market (AFM2019) in November, seeking a distribution deal to bring Ariel Phenomenon to screens near you.

No announcement has been made as of yet. We are watching their website and twitter and facebook feeds with interest.

JEMI would like to congratulate Ariel Phenomenon for receiving endorsements from special effects artist Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters) and director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, The Stand). Trumbull calls the documentary “the most effective story told on the subject that I have ever seen.” Boone says “Ariel Phenomenon is powerful, life-affirming, and brought me to tears.”

2019 Update

On January 1, 2019, the documentary filmmakers sent out a special announcement to their subscribers:

Happy New Year from Ariel Phenomenon!

What a year we’ve had! The film is completed, mixed and mastered. It is looking absolutely beautiful, and sounding great. We are so honored to have had the chance to give this incredible archival footage, and this unique story, the attention it deserves.

We have found a wonderful composer (whose work can be heard in the recent film Fault in Our Stars, among others) to create some original music; meanwhile, we are beginning to screen it for potential distributors.

This fall we released our newest 2-minute trailer on our website!

Those who have seen the film are incredibly excited about its quality and are helping get it in front of the right people. We just can’t wait to share it with you all as soon as possible!

As we approach the 25th anniversary of the event (coming up this September), we are wishing you the happiest of 2019!

Sending our thanks and appreciation to you, our supporters.

The Ariel Phenomenon Team
Randall, Rebecca, Anne, Chris & Rikk (and many other helpers and volunteers!)

2018 Update

The filmmakers report that Ariel Phenomenon is nearly complete. “We remain humbled by and grateful for the bravery of all of the witnesses and others who have come forward, all these years later, to share their memories of that day and all of the days and years after. This film simply wouldn’t exist without their courage and willingness to be vulnerable in speaking their truth. We hope this documentary will do them proud. There’s a special place in all of our hearts for these incredible people!”

Visit Ariel Phenomenon on Facebook for more updates.

2017 Updates

SEPTEMBER 2017 – New “teaser” poster revealed:

AUGUST 2017 – A new trailer has been released along with a statement from the filmmaker:

Randy Nickerson, String Theory Films

Now with seeing somewhat the light of day on this extensive project, it brings me back to the beginning when I first received the BetaCam footage from the Dr John Mack family members. After seeing this footage, I could understand what Mack saw in the testimony of these children and the events around the Ariel School sightings. That was in 2007. This film was supposed to be just a DVD project with John Mack’s material for online sales but I had so many questions that his interviews did not answer. That began the quest to find the school in 2008. I was told it had burnt down, that it no longer existed, and then I found the name of the reporter who helped out John Mack in 1994. She informed me the school was still there and so were some of the original teachers. I booked the flight to South Africa within days. Landed in Johannesburg, South Africa and was shuttled to where I was staying. There was an armed guard with an M4 in front of the 12 foot wall that surrounded the building. I was definitely not in Kansas anymore. Went into Zimbabwe a week later with a reporter with warnings from our US State Department not to do so. Zimbabwe was in civil unrest due to the elections and the dictatorships actions against its own people. People were starving. It left an impression on me that changed me fundamentally. To be in Zimbabwe covering a story and there being another big story happening at the same time, was overwhelming. I stayed in a shack about 7 miles from the Ariel school with no electricity, no hot water. I had to charge batteries and do everything from generator power when it was running. It was a humbling and I had to buck up and face the music in ways that I was not prepared for.

Seeing the school for the first time was a moment I will never forget and meeting the teachers and those that were there in 1994 was fascinating. The school and the Head Mistress were so gracious and accommodating given the circumstances that they were under.

The Headmistress shared with me photos, drawings, and the story of the 1994 incident.

My question was “Do you really believe it happened?” Her and the 2 other teachers I spoke with and interviewed were convinced that it did. I walked the playground for days and the site where the witnesses said this silver disc was. I met with parents of the some of the children and people from Ruwa that also witnessed unusual things in the sky the day before. A paramedic who met with some of the children who were traumatized after the event. It became more and more apparent that there was an incredible story here.

I noticed on a tiled brick wall and on the walkway were the names of the children that attended Ariel School in 1994. That was the moment when I said to myself, I can find them. I didn’t know how but I was determined to do it. A woman in Johannesburg helped me set up a Facebook page. It was the advent of Facebook and social media that made it possible to find these now adult kids.

It was in 2008 that I interviewed the first witness who was in grade 7 in 1994.It began a long journey of tracking people down.It was not my intention to be an investigative reporter but that is what I had to become in order to tell this story. Locating the BBC reporter who was first on scene was a big moment. I had been looking for him for years and when I heard from him, out of the blue, I flew to England to interview him. He had kept everything from covering that event in 94. Every piece of video and even his paper scratch notes, I found other reporters and investigators had done the same thing. Whatever happened there was important enough for people to make a special place in their homes to save everything from that time.

I would find that these children were scattered all across the globe now due to the situation in Zimbabwe.

Funds were an issue and the credits will be filled with so many people who helped me. Getting to these kids was difficult. It took time, lots of effort and I was learning how to make a feature documentary all at the same time. It was gorilla film making at its core.

I had made several short films with the longest being 18 minutes but a feature documentary was an entirely different animal. The further I went and the more I found out about this story, the more I was convinced that this had to be a done properly no matter what.

There is so much more to this story, John Mack’s story, and the whole issue of life outside this planet. As I get closer to the end of this film I can finally start to talk about the journey and all the things I have kept close to the chest for so long. I look forward to that time and it is near. Thank God! It is indeed time to tell the story and bring the facts around this event to screen.

2015 Updates

The filmmakers have launched a Facebook page. Join this page to be among the first to hear news of the upcoming completion of the Ariel School documentary: / arielschooldocumentary.

The Ariel Phenomenon website now features an extended preview of the documentary: Visit

A note from JEMI: Donations in support of the film may be made directly to String Theory Films on their website.

All decisions regarding any additional interviews with former Ariel School students or other last-minute production additions are being made at the discretion of the filmmakers; the John E. Mack Institute trusts their judgement and encourages your support.

Producer Randall Nickerson says, “This film has been a labor of love for many years. There has never been a lack of effort or time; it’s just been a struggle to get the production funded. Nevertheless, we’re close to completion and it will be done this year. This will be the definitive documentary on this incident and will introduce a new audience to John Mack’s heartfelt approach to the subject. Most importantly, it will give a voice to all those who experienced something profound. This is the final push and we could use any help possible.

About the Production

In 1994, Harvard Professor of Psychiatry John E. Mack, M.D. traveled to Zimbabwe with research associate Dominique Callimanopulos to study one of the most extraordinary UFO sighting/alien encounter cases in modern history.

On September 16, 1994 at the Ariel primary school in Ruwa, Zimbabwe, 60+ school children claim to have seen a disc-shaped object land behind the school during the morning break time. Two strange beings were reported, one of which approached the children. What they witnessed had a profound impact on their lives; an impact that has continued to this day.

Dr. Mack (who died in 2004) wrote about this event in his 1999 book Passport to the Cosmos, and he shared 3 minutes of the original video recordings of his interviews with the students on the television program Sightings in 1996, and a couple minutes more with Unsolved Mysteries. On YouTube, the popularity of those brief excerpts (traded around in ever-diminishing quality) has been enduring because of the power of the students’ testimony.

Listen to an Ariel School student
interviewed by Dr. Mack (mp3)

In 2007, at the request of the John E. Mack Institute, filmmaker Randall Nickerson began production of an edited video program that (as originally conceived) would present the entirety of John Mack’s interviews with the schoolchildren and faculty, digitally remastered from the original Betacam footage that was shot between November 28 and December 6, 1994.

The film became a consuming passion of Nickerson’s, and he set about broadening the scope far beyond expectations.

• In 2008-2009 Nickerson spent 9 months in Africa, discovering new witnesses that corroborate the students’ accounts.

• In England, he interviewed BBC reporter Tim Leech who was on the scene within days of the sighting, who first brought the case to the attention of Dr. Mack. Leech’s interview for Ariel Phenomenon was his only interview about his coverage of the Ariel School event, and it was recorded just months before his untimely death.

• And most importantly, in 2010 Nickerson succeeded in finding many of the former students who had since moved from Zimbabwe to other countries. He re-interviewed them to hear their adult perspectives on what happened. As word of the production spread, more former students got in touch with the production and they have been interviewed as well.

About the Filmmaker

Randy Nickerson, Filmmaker, String Theory Films
Randy Nickerson has worked on both sides of the camera, as an actor and a filmmaker. He has a keen interest in the human condition and trauma recovery. His most recent work includes a film, titled “A Silence in the Heard”, about the significance of listening and silence on an interpersonal and global level. Randy is also a classical pianist and nature photographer.

Earlier Updates

2015 Updates

In December 2015, the filmmakers traveled with a former student (now living in Canada) to the site where it all began. This completes the extra filming that was made possible by donations; editing has resumed.

2014 Updates

Click here to listen to Randall Nickerson talk about the 1994 Ariel School sighting and how the then children feel about the encounter today. Interview by Martin Willis on Podcast UFO, October 1, 2014. This is Randall’s first live interview since he began his research.

The filmmakers have launched a Facebook page. Join this page to be among the first to hear news of the upcoming completion of the Ariel School documentary: And remember there is also an official John E. Mack author page on Facebook at

Remembering Zimbabwe’s Mass UFO Sighting – 20 Years On”, an article about the Ariel School sighting, has been published on the website The article is recommended, but be aware that the author’s supposition that Nickerson’s documentary is dead is not accurate; neither is it true that 2 hours of Nickerson’s footage appeared on YouTube – rather, someone bootlegged several minutes of footage that Nickerson had shown to an audience at an event and mixed that together with the usual clips from SIGHTINGS and UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES and Stephan Allix’s EXPERIENCERS that have been floating around for aeons.

2013 Updates

One hour of edited program now exists. Refinement of this hour and editing of an additional hour is underway. 2 additional former students have been located and are being interviewed.

5 minutes of footage (archival footage and/or Nickerson’s new footage) has been licensed to James Fox’s documentary “701” (2015).

Various contractual matters have been agreed to between Nickerson’s String Theory Films and the John E. Mack Institute, providing a clear path forward.

2011 Updates

Despite the death of the film’s primary funder, former JEMI board member Sandra Wright, work on the Ariel School Sighting film has continued thanks in large part to filmmaker Randall Nickerson, who has endeavored to work on the film between other paid jobs. Naturally this has extended the time-frame for when the film will be completed, but progress has been substantial.

2009 Updates

Boston Globe article
Say you’re a documentary filmmaker. Someone comes to you with four hours of riveting archival footage taken in Zimbabwe starring a Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard psychiatrist, and asks you to turn it into a film. It involves travel. Investigative work. A mystery… (Read Article)

2008 Updates

The South African newspaper The Witness reports on the progress of the John E. Mack Institute’s documentary about the Ariel School Sighting. By the way, the article generated over 8500 views for the newspaper, 6000+ from the United States. As comparison, a top news story in The Witness tends to generate between 1500 and 5000 views, so this article received substantially more attention than usual:

The day the aliens landed

16 Apr 2008 Stephen Coan, The Witness

American film maker Randall Nickerson is currently visiting southern Africa to make a documentary that follows up an incident that happened at the Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe, in 1994, when 62 children aged between eight and 12 reported seeing a UFO and “strange beings” during their morning break.

Those children are now young adults scattered around the globe. Nickerson is tracking them down and interviewing them about the experience. “Their stories have not changed at all,” he says. “Not what you would expect if they had made it all up.”

So what exactly happened on that day in 1994 at the school in Ruwa just east of Harare? “It was morning break and they were out in the school yard playing,” says Nickerson. “They saw one main silver craft that had four others around it,” says Nickerson. “It came down on a hill beyond the school yard that was out of bounds. The boundary was the edge of the school yard, then it was bush and the hill.

“They ran to the edge of the school yard to see what this thing was. They saw this small creature walk around on top of the craft while another came down to check out the children. He was all in black, with a very tight suit. The children said he had big eyes ‘like rugby balls’.

“The children had direct eye contact with this creature. There seems to have been some kind of communication with the children about the state of the world — what we are doing to the planet, the destruction we are causing, although not all the children got this message. Some of the children were traumatised, others were excited. The young children were the most traumatised as they were at the front of the group.

“They all went screaming back to the teachers. The teachers didn’t believe them at first. But then they went home and told their parents who came to the school and wanted to know what had happened.”

Soon afterwards the children were asked to draw pictures of what they had seen. “They did this separately. The drawings were all the same.”

A BBC television crew were first on the scene to follow it up. In November 1994, Harvard professor of psychiatry John E. Mack visited the school and filmed interviews with the children. He was assisted by South African producer Nicky Carter who had already made a short documentary on the subject for the SABC. “I had a half-brother at the school,” she says. “He was off sick on the day it happened, but the children told him all about it and he contacted me.”

Carter has no doubt the children were telling the truth. “When they were interviewed by Mack with all his professional skills it was clear they were telling the truth — their voice tone, their body language. They were so consistent, they told their stories with such conviction. And they spoke about it in their own language. One child recalled being told by the alien that we should not be so ‘techknowledged’ — why make up something like that?”

Mack, a Pulitzer prize winner for his biography of T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) titled A Prince of Our Disorder, was a highly respected psychiatrist. However, when he began researching the phenomenon of reported alien abductions, his fellow academics looked askance. In 1994, when his book Abduction appeared, a committee was appointed to review Mack’s clinical care and investigation of the people who had shared their alien encounters with him. According to the BBC, “It was the first time in Harvard’s history that a tenured professor was subjected to such an investigation.”

After 14 months of inquiry, Harvard issued a statement stating that the dean had “reaffirmed Dr Mack’s academic freedom to study what he wishes and to state his opinions without impediment”.

In 2004, Mack was killed by a drunk driver while he was visiting London to lecture at a T. E. Lawrence conference.

Mack was guarded in his interpretation of the abduction phenomenon. To one interviewer who said that Mack seemed “inclined to take these [abduction] reports at face value”, Mack replied saying: “Face value I wouldn’t say. I take them seriously. I don’t have a way to account for them.”

In a BBC interview he said: “I would never say, yes, there are aliens taking people. [But] I would say there is a compelling powerful phenomenon here that I can’t account for in any other way. Yet I can’t know what it is but it seems to me that it invites a deeper, further inquiry.”

Nickerson sees himself as taking that inquiry further after being commissioned by the John E. Mack Institute, along with producer Dominique Callimanopulos, to make a documentary incorporating the interview footage shot in 1994 with follow-up material shot in the present.

“I want to present the story objectively,” says Nickerson. “To show the original raw material. That’s what initially interested me about this case. These children all describing seeing the same thing. You can tell they are not lying. But having seen this footage I thought: I need to go to this place, to talk to people, I need to investigate it for myself. Did this really happen?

“The subject has to be approached as scientifically as possible,” he says. “There are questions that we need to ask. It’s a case of presenting the evidence just like court.”

Despite this rigorous approach, isn’t there a danger he will simply encounter those on the “lunatic fringe”? “I have found those are the people who have all the answers, but people to whom something like this has really happened don’t. They have millions of questions. There is a humility about them, they realise it’s not about them.

At the beginning of the project Nickerson set about contacting those people who had been among the 62 children who had witnessed the sighting. They are mainly students in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Britain.

Tracking them down hasn’t been that difficult. “They are contacting us because of what we put up on the John E. Mack Institute website. What is interesting is that their stories remain the same as in 1994.

“They were affected profoundly,” says Nickerson. “At the time one girl was told by her parents not to talk about it, that she had imagined it all. But then she found other people’s stories on the Internet. She got in touch with them and realised ‘Oh my God, that was real’.

“Others I’ve met never doubted it. They say the experience opened up new horizons for them.”

Nickerson cites two students who are now studying in the U.S. “Their father said they would never have done that, but after their experience the children were totally changed, that’s what convinced him that something really happened.”

Nickerson’s first stop during his visit to southern Africa was Ariel School. “I interviewed teachers and workers who were there at the time.” He also came across people from two different schools in the area who had similar sightings on the same day.

Nickerson is now in South Africa trying to track down those living here who were witnesses on that day. He will be here until the end of April following up leads resulting from two radio interviews he has given.

If you witnessed the Ariel School sighting or have any information regarding it, you can contact Randall Nickerson at — — —- or e-mail —— You can also contact Nicky Carter at 072 632 2330 or producer Dominique Callimanopulos on ———
Check out the website:

© 2008 The Witness, The Witness, 45 Willowton Rd, Pietermaritzburg 3200

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The South African newspaper Cape Times also reported on the continuing progress of the John E. Mack Institute’s documentary about the Ariel School Sighting:

US film maker in city to probe UFO sightings

Tom Powell, Cape Times
2008.08.26 p.4

American film-maker Randall Nickerson is in Cape Town this week seeking inspiration for a documentary he is putting together about a UFO sighting in Zimbabwe in 1994.

During morning break on September 14 of that year, 62 schoolchildren between the ages of eight and 12 saw a strange craft land 150 metres from the Ariel School in Ruwa, from which two small beings emerged which were described as having “big eyes like rugby balls”.

The children’s individual descriptions of the phenomenon were so similar that news of the sighting spread around the globe.

Nickerson was approached with footage taken by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Professor John Mack, who travelled to Zimbabwe to interview the children after the event.

Nickerson said: “This is a story the world needs to see. Personally, I think it’s moving. I’ve found hundreds, if not thousands, of people who believe it and couldn’t find anyone who didn’t. It blew my mind when I saw it.”

Although Nickerson admits the footage of the event makes it difficult to disprove the phenomenon, he doesn’t want his film to be biased.

“I don’t want to steer the documentary in any direction at all. I’d rather present all the evidence and let people make up their own minds.”

Refusing to believe so many people can be mistaken, Nickerson is visiting southern Africa to shed light on those events.

Having visited the school itself, Nickerson is now in Cape Town to track down some witnesses and investigate some “unearthly” sightings that occurred in South Africa, including two UFO sightings in Port Shepstone and Johannesburg in April.

Anyone who saw the event in Zimbabwe can contact Nickerson on — — —- or by e-mail at ——

This article was originally published on page 4 of Cape Times on August 26, 2008,

60 comments on “Ariel Phenomenon”

  1. I would very much like to help this project by promotion on my website and Radio interviews/mentions with those involved with this project to help move it forward to completion! I feel this work needs to be done! Please feel free to contact me regarding our interest and we hope to hear from you soon!

    Race Hobbs
    Eye Witness Radio

    1. I believe its very possible what the children saw what they say they saw I have heard stories before like this but only once from children . I am not surprised by the witness testimony at all.

  2. This will be very interesting to see the kids back then, now in their early 20’s do an interview. This will be a great film.

  3. I saw the initial interviews in a documentary aired in Australia about2007, called The Experiencers. I have never been the same since. This story is something the world needs to know about

  4. Glad to see there’s actually a follow up regarding this case. I first ear of it back in 2008, watching the experiencer on YouTube. Regarding YouTube, there’s a lots of people who where asking for a follow up and there it is.. 🙂 I will share the link to this website for them. cheers and good luck.

  5. We had a bit of a delay on the film when one of the people involved on the funding side passed away, but Nickerson is resuming work presently. And in fact Nickerson is bringing in another filmmaker as a consultant, who I do not believe I can name at the moment, but whose participation is most welcomed.

  6. This is great news to me… For years I’ve been hoping for someone to do a follow up on this story. Can’t believe I’m only now just hearing about it! This is a story everyone needs to know about. Can’t wait for its eventual release. Keep up the excellent work!

  7. Hola en el año 1997 protagonice un encuentro con seres extraterrestres este caso de los niños de esa escuela lo creo completamente hayo raro la muerte de esa señora que estudiaba las abducciones saludos

  8. Pablo, I am sorry, but babelfish is not translating your comment properly, so I am not sure what you are saying. You might be asking for the name of the African researcher who first arrived on the scene. Her name was Cynthia Hind.

  9. Very much looking forward to this documentary but I hope that JEMI will somehow make available the full uncut interviews Dr. Mack did with the children.

  10. @George – In fact that is all we’d hired Nickerson to do – to present the archival footage. He expanded the film beyond our request. But we will make sure that every bit of it ends up in the finished film. If for any reason it does not, you can safely expect any missing bits to appear as bonus materials.

  11. Very tragic about Dr Mack. All the more reason to see this through 😉 I just completed a commissioned painting of an incident that happened to friends at Silbury Hill, Wiltshire, UK encountering light beings in July 1994 when I live in the area. 1994 seems to have been a power year of activity.

    This subject has been an enigma for so long and sheds more questions than answers. Look forward to the full disclosure of these events. Keep trekking 😉

  12. Can u use Kickstarter to raise money for the film? I have several friends that have made their new music CDs that way. One just raised over $10,000 in less than 2 months;) Best of Luck to u all!;D

  13. II live in Va. Beach, Va . I’m a member of the Edgar Cayce foundation
    and have attended several UFO Conferences sponsored there.
    It seems like participating in one of these highly attended events
    Might provide an opportunity to educate people who don’t even know
    Who Dr Mack was and have no awareness of this event. I see much
    Fundraising potential. Look at what Steven Greer is doing…

  14. @Robin, I believe many of the JEMI board members have deep respect for Edgar Cayce’s philosophies and compassion.

    I imagine that when our film is complete, that we would be very keen on screening the film at the foundation in Virginia Beach. We’ll try for an invite at that time. Seems like a good fit.

    1. One thing with african sightings is that they are rarely hoaxes. People who hve no any idea of aliens, give accounts that are very true

  15. We owe Nickerson a hugendebt of gratitude in taking on this project. I for one cannot wait to hear what the now adults have to say. So exciting

  16. A trailer is being cut by a friend of ours we met at the SciFi Channel back when Taken was aired. (I know it is SyFy Channel now, but at the time it was SciFi Channel). When we receive it we will post it here and on John Mack’s Facebook page.

  17. Hi,im from the uk.from personnal experience,and 3o+ years reseach in this field,my observations conclude these beings are most definitivly not what they would have us believe,lets have no bull shit this IS abduction,most if not all experiencers initially are taken against there will.we have a law on this planet,we call it kidnapping,and was once in the u.s.a punishable by death..If THEY where what they portend to be,would they not only respect our lawfull rights,but have an aggenda inline with human rights..these beings when confronted with statement have no right to experiment on me against my will..respond..yes we have..this at base is arrogance…Be not decieved with what we are dealing with here,they have an aggenda that is not in our best interest…

  18. @Rodney – You’d have to assume that they have the same concepts of individuality, of free will, of negotiation, and assume that they’d understand that we reserve the option to decline to help someone (assuming they or their species need help), in order to even begin to judge them on the same terms that we judge other human beings. Simply put there may be too much of a divide in the ways of thinking to apply human laws or human concepts to an alien species. Great discussion, but, a bit off-topic from the Ariel School Sighting. There is a forum at (Whitley Strieber’s site) that is open for debate about these philosophical matters.

  19. Very glad to see that the documentary is approaching completion and I look forward to viewing it somehow. “…..too Techknowledged.” This phrase has stuck with me for years after first hearing it spoken by the young girl witness. As I view any broadcast TV channel in primetime here in the USA, I can’t help but be amazed at what is being hawked non-stop in commercials. Smart phones, tablets, PCs, phone applications, internet service, they dominate all advertisements. Look around any shared public space and it seems everyone under 30 has a set of ear buds in whilst gazing obediently at some electronic device. Yes I’m of a different generation but this isn’t natural, far from it and 18 years on those words have more meaning than ever. Religion used to be the opiate of the masses, now it is…….

  20. Tired of waiting for Ariel Phenomenon, our film about the Ariel School Sighting, to be finished? There’s a teaser about it in the new issue of Open Minds magazine. (But if you’re the kind of filmgoer who likes to avoid spoilers, you may want to wait a little bit longer!)

    Open Minds magazine December/January 2012/13 is available at

  21. To Randall, Dominique and the team at JEMI.

    Best wishes for this film project and well done on all your efforts to get it this far! Sounds like you are almost there!

    As the main researcher for the the documentary on the 1966 Westall Flying Saucer Incident in Melbourne, titled “Westall ’66: A Suburban UFO Mystery”, I know how long and hard the road can be to create these type of films. I have also been very interested in the obvious links between what happened to the school children at Ruwa in 1994 and what happened to the kids at Westall in 1966.

    Kind regards from Canberra.

    Shane Ryan.
    (See also: Westall Flying Saucer Incident on Facebook)

  22. that’s interesting Shane. I was 10-years old in 1966, living in Thomastown, at the northen end of Melbourne. I don’t recall the incident on which the film is based, but as a 10-year old that’s not unusual. I’ll keep an eye out for the film.

  23. Would be good to see them polygraph tested – there’s no way they would ALL be able to pass if any of them were lying. Personally I have no doubt that this was a very real incident, 1994 (and around that time) was a significant period for extraterrestrial activity.

  24. I too would like to see this project finished and would be very interested in knowing how the incident, and recollections of the then-children compare to a very similar, and widely reported incident that occurred in Vorenzh, Russia in September of 1989 (three separate “alien visitation” incidents involving crowds of witnesses, many children). That was probably the single most important alleged alien-encounter story of the 1980s and was generally taken quite seriously by the Russian media and officialdom, but it was overshadowed by the momentous events taking place in Germany at the same time.

  25. this documentary is taking so long its embarrassing ! I’m now convinced mr Nickerson is a CIA plant! he’s done a great job if so anyway…and if miss callimanopulos is a Greek shipping heiress(see vanity fair)funding would be the equivalent of me putting 50 cents in a charity bucket! cough up and finish it!!!

    1. Why are you thinking so ugly views? Yes, it’s a little embarassing. But could M. Nickerson answer to it..

  26. If this project is not completed – Could you / Would you see if any of the former school children (who are all now adults) that had witnessed the UFO with the extraterrestrials who came out of the craft; if ANY WOULD DO HYNOTIC REGRESSION OF THE EVENT???
    Please! I have always wondered WHY no one has EVER made this suggestion?

    The regressive hypnosis on former officer of Rendlsham event in London,1980 was AMAZING!


  27. Please give an update on this project and are donations still needed. This story should open up eyes that are somehow still blinded by ignorance but then again those who are scared of the truth will remain that way (there is nothing wrong with wishful thinking right. Anyway cant wait!!!!!!!!!

  28. Yes UFO might have been seen, but do we have to make a movie about it? Why are you being so techknowledged? Who is behind this movie this thing? To prove what? Why not doing the movie in Zimbabwe where it actually take place.

  29. It is a documentary, and most of the students left Zimbabwe when they grew up. Essentially we wanted to preserve the archival videotape that was shot in Zimbabwe, and then the filmmaker decided to expand upon that material by revisiting Zimbabwe and also interviewing the students who are now adults to see how their perspectives may have changed.

  30. I am anxiously awaiting this completed project. Please, when is the release date and where can it be acquired? It is far too important to not give this real life event exposure to those who are not aware of the interactions with these beings. I cannot illustrate enough how critical it is to allow the knowledge of these events to be discovered and shared by all of mankind.

    1. Release date is still unknown, but next year is the 20th anniversary… would be nice timing. The filmmaker has had more collaboration recently with other editors, so we sense that he’d in the home stretch.

      1. Thanks for the update,but i really hope your right about it being released with the 20th anniversary because this is the one experience that should really open peoples minds

    1. There wasn’t any hypnotic relaxation used on the students; their recollections were entirely from conscious memory.

    1. We have no data on international distribution yet. But, related news: Dr John Mack’ libro, Passaporto al Cosmo: Transformazione Umana ed Incontri Alieni, in italiano, 2016-01.

  31. I’m very interested in how the progress is going as well. Only learned about the incident a couple of months ago, and I have to say that I’m flabbergasted that not more people know about it. I mean… this could potentially be one of the most important events in human history, and it goes by ALMOST unnoticed, compared to the coverage other ‘news’ have gotten and gets. Mind-blowing. So I hope everything is going well and that the final documentary reaches as many people as possible. It is too important not to.

  32. People who follow this subject know how the media works. “If it is not reported then it never happened.” You will NEVER see this subject or the story of the Ariel school children on a major American show like 60 Minutes. This would be like opening Pandora’s Box. Those kids were all telling the truth when they talked about what they saw. Any fool could see that. This is why this story is being kept buried by the media. This story is very explosive and I hope this documentary get some coverage from some major source.

  33. My Friends

    In 1994 the children of Ariel School were given a message: by extraterrestrials, to transmit to humanity. The message concerned what would befall our world if ever we were insane enough to actually use our nuclear weapons.

    What we need to do now is to respond to that message.

    This is why I have published The Universal Peace Petition on to give people – from all over the World – a way in which they can, as individuals, respond directly to the question posed them on 16 September 1994.

    Here’s the link to my petition:

    My Friends, if you could sign, and support, this petition I would be truly grateful.

    Many thanks.

    Peace, Love & Respect

    peter dunn

  34. I am not an abductee,I am a contactee,who is contacting me? is unclear,I am able to respond to guidance,guidance that comes to me by dreams and thoughts that I follow to places that turn out to be sacred ley lines, I meet people I am meant to meet,I go to places I am meant to go to and this gets proven by various means.
    I started a site in 2009 and there are many others experiencing extraordinary things,there are almost 5,000 members,some of whom have as I say extraordinary stories.
    I will share this on my site.
    Thank you

    A passage from a channeled book I rather like…..
    Much has been taking place within your world at this time. Many of you are discussing possibilities of why one is feeling
    as they do. You talk of the pull of your moon. You talk of energies that are disrupting the aura. You talk of sightings that have been seen in your skies. All of which are to do with the upheaval and the changes that one is feeling within the self. How many of you actually realise the intensity of what is going on for you at this time? You cannot, and yet on another level, within this level, you are aware that things are taking place that you are not able to explain. Your world is undergoing vast changes that are unseen to the human eye at this point. So much is occurring on a level that will lead you into this new world. It is happening as we speak. Do you care as to what may take place? Of course you do. Yet, you are unable to understand it, therefore one’s attitude occasionally switches to that of not caring, as it all seems too BIG for you to grasp and indeed it is. But little by little you shall accept new things. New understandings.

  35. August 2014 has been and gone. I’ve been waiting with anticipation for years. I’ve seen the teaser segments on YouTube. Surely all the source material is in the can? What do you need help with to get this film made? If it’s a case of editing, colouring, production, packaging, etc. then I, or many others, will gladly offer their skills for free.

    Please can we have a detailed update on the status of this important project.


  36. there is no proof..ZERO I mean, zero proof..just some kids talking…extraordinary claims require proof…I am sorry..but, it sounds great..but scientifically, we dont even have proof on the ground , landing sight radiation, etc…there is nothing..this is nothing but mass hysteria

  37. Question for Ariel people

    When people desire something, they are likely to intend to get that something. Intention is powerful and is much more likely to cause things to happen than is desire alone, which degenerates into wishing if not catalyzed with intention. When people join together in common cause intending to make something come about their effectiveness is increased exponentially and they can develop a sense of security which is much less easy to come by when someone is going it alone.

    Have experiencers sat together and formed their common desire to understand what happened to them into a common intention to find out. Have they mentally requested, as a group, for the beings who contacted them to come back to a designated location at a designated time and answer their questions?

  38. All, I need to leave a comment on how I learned about this documentary/event. The first time I heard about this event was yesterday (9/16/2019) on a youtube Podcast from April 27, 2016 on Martin Willis Live Shows channel. I had been actively searching for videos about Stanton Friedman the past few days and found this Podcast, where Martin Willis interviews Stanton Friedman. At the beginning of the Podcast, before Martin interviews Stanton, he interviews Randall Nickerson about his documentary ‘Ariel Phenomenon.’ I had never heard about this event before and was very interested in finding out more. I spent the rest of yesterday finding out as much as I could about this event and this documentary. I continued the research today and the found this page. After reading the line from the 2019 Update post above, “As we approach the 25th anniversary of the event (coming up this September), we are wishing you the happiest of 2019!”, I realized that I did not know the day in 1994 that this event occurred. I did a quick search and was in disbelief when I found out that it occurred on September 16th, 1994. Yesterday was September 16th, 2019…

    I am not sure how to take this as I am person who is very grounded in logic and science, and this could just be attributed to coincidence, but what are the chances of this??

    Let me know your thoughts.

    Also, when will this be released? Releasing it yesterday (25th anniversary) would have made sense.

    1. You can reach the filmmakers directly on Be sure to join their Twitter or Facebook feeds for the latest announcements – they are responsible for the film’s content and for its distribution. Like you, we are hoping to hear an announcement soon of where (or on what platform) the documentary will be available.

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