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Ariel Phenomenon

Ariel Phenomenon releases May 20, 2022.
Preorders are now open!

Ariel Phenomenon explores the infamous Ariel School UFO sighting witnessed by over sixty schoolchildren in Zimbabwe in 1994. The story covers a former student’s journey back to the African school – the place that, at the age of nine, shattered her reality. Interviews with witnesses, now scattered across the globe, ask the question many have struggled with for over two decades: what happens when you experience something so extraordinary that nobody believes you? Produced by Randall Nickerson.
101 min. / English / Color / USA / 2022

Press inquiries / Press kit: Contact VOCAB Communications — contact@arielphenomenon.com
Release timeline: Digital rentals start Friday May 20, 2022, after 9am EST; the rental is valid for 48 hours after you start watching the film, whenever you choose to start watching. Digital downloads and DVDs will be available later. Additional platforms / streaming services will be announced.
Donor info: If you donated to the film watch your email for a free rental code on May 20, and a free download later.
Subtitles: Multiple language options (SP, FR, AR, GER, CH, BRPT), plus English captions for the hearing impaired.



“The most effective story told on the subject that I have ever seen.” – Douglas Trumbull

“Ariel Phenomenon is powerful, life-affirming, and brought me to tears.” – Josh Boone

“I enjoyed the film greatly. It puts the issue in a touching, emotional place.” – Dan Aykroyd

“Worth every second of the wait.” – Ryan Sprague

“[An] amazing, emotional documentary.” – Dave Foley



Listen to the beautiful score for Ariel Phenomenon by composer Henrik Åström. Samples of Emily / Legacy / Religion may be heard on his website. Åström recently completed the original score for the film together with composer Nate Walcott. www.henrikastrom.com
Åström tells JEMI that they are exploring the possibility of a digital release of the score. We will keep you posted!


The Debrief will offer a full review of the nearly two-hour documentary in conjunction with the release. Chrissy Newton will also conduct an interview with the film’s director Randall Nickerson, which will appear the same day as the documentary’s release (Friday May 20).


Also in the News:

May 2, 2022 — Rep Tim Burchett (R) says the Department of Defense is not revealing what they know about UAPs, and not complying with the requirements signed into law in the 2022 Defense Act. “There’s an arrogance in government at that level that we cannot handle what’s going on out there”, he told NewsNation. “It’s a bogus cover-up. It doesn’t fit and it’s about power and control.” The 2022 National Defense Authorization Act mandated regular reporting, engagement with foreign allies, and a coordinated effort to research and possibly replicate UFO technologies. Burchett is remarkably candid in his criticisms. He concludes the interview by saying “I’d love to tell you what I already know right now, but I can’t. But hopefully at some point I can.” Click through to watch the 7m video interview with Rep. Burchett.

May 10, 2022 — “A House subcommittee is scheduled to hold next week the first open congressional hearing on unidentified aerial vehicles in more than half a century, with testimony from two top defense intelligence officials,” reports The New York Times in an article by Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean. Rep Adam Schiff (D), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said the hearing is to illuminate “one of the great mysteries of our time and to break the cycle of excessive secrecy and speculation with truth and transparency.” Seven months earlier in a Reddit interview, Schiff was asked “What would you say has been the biggest surprise about your current role on the House Intelligence Committee?”. His answer: “Aliens?“. Conservative expectations are that the briefing may only be a status report on how the setup of new systems for reporting and analysis is progressing, and there will be no discussion of theories. Rep Burchett tweeted that “A public hearing is long overdue, but it will be a waste of time if the Pentagon isn’t forthcoming with its information. We’ve asked the Pentagon to fix a problem it created in the first place, and I predict these officials won’t be nearly as transparent as they should be.” The hearing takes place Tuesday May 17, 2022; watch the livestream.