Documentary - Completed 2019

The story of a nine year-old schoolgirl, a Harvard professor of psychiatry, and a BBC war reporter who struggle to answer the question “What happens when you experience something so extraordinary that nobody believes you?"

    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 108 mn
    • Synopsis
    • What if you experienced something so extraordinary that no one believes you?

      Ariel Phenomenon is about the human search for acceptance and meaning. It's about struggling to live with a secret and its devastating effects on your life.

      In this character-driven travelogue we follow Emily, a Toronto resident and one of sixty schoolchildren who, in 1994, were part of what has become one of the most famous sightings of extraterrestrial beings and their craft. In the first feature documentary produced on the incident, Emily returns to the Ariel School in Zimbabwe, the place that, at the age of nine, shattered her reality.

      We meet Tim Leach, 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. Also jeopardizing his reputation is Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard professor of Psychiatry Dr. John Mack, whose validation of the authenticity of the witnesses made this incident impossible to ignore.

      Twenty years later, Emily and her classmates are searching for answers and the courage to speak their truth in the face of a hostile world.