More than 60 children claimed they saw a UFO land outside their school in one of the most compelling mass sightings of all time. Now a Netflix documentary, Encounters, is revisiting the case of the students who said a spaceship and an “alien” landed from the sky in Zimbabwe.
The documentary, Encounters, revisits the case of the students who said a spaceship landed from the sky outside their school in Zimbabwe The kids were asked to draw what they remembered, with sketches showing what looks like aliens with large black eyes and disc-shaped hovering objects Many consider the 1994 “encounter” to be the most significant of the 20th century, especially due to the high number of witnesses.
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Ex-pupil Emma still recalls in vivid detail what she saw that day And almost 30 years on, many of the now-grown students stand by their extraordinary claims.
Sceptics have slammed the alleged sighting as a prank, mass hysteria, or simply suggested the children misinterpreted what they saw.
But others, including experts in the documentary, highlight the unique nature of this case. The new Netflix series explores the events of September 16, 1994, and investigates whether the children can be considered as reliable witnesses.
It also digs deeper into four other eerily similar stories of people who claim to have had encounters with non-human life forms.
The show has hit screens just as two so-called “alien corpses” have been put on public display in Mexico City.
UFO enthusiast Jaime Maussan presented them at a congressional hearing after they were found in Peru and tests confirmed they were not manufactured by humans.
The kids were asked to draw what they remembered, with sketches showing what looks like aliens with large black eyes and disc-shaped hovering objects.
The Zimbabwe children, now grown up, give eerie interviews where they speak about what they saw that day. While they were outside the rural Ariel school in Ruwa, for their morning break they said an object floated down from the sky into a field in front of them.
While some ran away, others stayed to watch and some even described “beings” exiting the “silver disc” object or objects. The kids, who later told their teachers and parents, were interviewed extensively by journalists and even a Harvard University psychiatry expert, Dr John Mack. He was later criticised for defending the accounts of the children as credible witnesses, saying that they displayed no signs of mental illness and it appeared to have been a real experience.
After the baffling event was widely reported on, it was assumed that around 62 children aged between six and 12, all had similar accounts of the event.
While some disagreed over what it was they saw – the descriptions of one or multiple UFOs and an “alien figure” were, and still are, incredibly similar. Many were asked to draw what they remembered, with sketches showing what looked like aliens with large black eyes and disc-shaped hovering objects.
In 1994, over 60 children at a Zimbabwe school claimed to have seen aliens. Years later, witnesses maintain their accounts. Hear their stories and more from around the world in Encounters — now streaming. pic.twitter.com/Av77jXj2ke
— Netflix (@netflix) September 30, 2023