The holiday season is here and chances are, you might have some down time… what better way to spend it than going down one of those deep, abyssal UFO rabbit holes?
That’s why we’ve laid out the top five UFO documentaries found on Gaia that we think are some of the more underrated documentaries out there. These five mind-boggling flicks will take you down a path of curiosity, intrigue and enlightenment. So sit back, grab your favorite snack, and maybe a pen and paper – there’s a lot of information here.
The mission is yours if you choose to accept it. Godspeed.
1. My Father, From Sirius
Einari’s childhood could have been like that of any other Finnish boy. His father, Veikko, was an ordinary guy with a job at the local tax office and his mother worked as a radio journalist. Everything changed when Einari was 12 years old; Veikko experienced enlightenment and announced that he was a messenger between Earth and Outer Space.
Henceforth, Veikko could see extraterrestrial beings, contact the afterlife and display supernatural healing abilities. Einari and Veikko became a team and the entire universe was open to them. Now, 25 years later, Einari confronts his father with his doubts.
2. Mirage Men
Ok maybe you have heard of this one, but you should probably revisit it anyway because it’s one of the most important stories in the world of ufology, leading to more questions than it’s answered…
What if, instead of covering up the UFO story, elements in the US military had actively encouraged it as part of their Cold War counterintelligence arsenal – manufacturing the myth of the UFO as a powerful weapon of mass deception and the perfect cover for all manner of clandestine technologies and operations.
Now, for the first time, some of those whose actions have directly shaped the UFO mythology, and some of their victims, tell their stories, revealing a surreal disturbing and sometimes tragic sequence of events that is part Manchurian Candidate and part Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Mirage Men draws viewers into a saucer-shaped hall of mirrors, a shadow world where every lie contains elements of the truth, and the truth is far stranger than the UFO believers, or their detractors, would have you believe.
3. Cosmic Whistleblowers
Filmmaker Simon Sharman goes in search of answers to the biggest UFO mystery of the 20th century, as he tracks down the last living witnesses to the Roswell incident of 1947. During the three-year investigation the director finds himself in the middle of an explosive new controversy when the discovery of some old picture slides are alleged to be photographic evidence of alien bodies removed from the Roswell crash site itself.
As the story unfolds, it’s the UFO investigators themselves who become the focus of attention after they plan to present the new evidence to a global audience live from Mexico City, and prove once and for all that aliens crash landed in Roswell.
With unprecedented access behind the scenes during what was the most ambitious and controversial public UFO event of recent years, Sharman shows us a world seldom seen by those not on the “inside” in this unique and refreshing documentary on the Roswell crash and the secretive world of ufologists.
4. UFOs and Nukes
If the title hasn’t already drawn you in, read on…
The reality of UFO incursions at American nuclear weapons facilities has been convincingly established. Hundreds of U.S. military veterans now openly discuss these ominous incidents and thousands of declassified government documents affirm their assertions.
Over the past four decades, noted researcher Robert Hastings has interviewed more than 150 of those veterans regarding their involvement in one case or another. On September 27, 2010, CNN live-streamed his UFOs and Nukes press conference in Washington D.C. during which former U.S. Air Force missileers described occasions when several ICBMs mysteriously malfunctioned moments after a disc-shaped craft was observed hovering near their underground launch silos.
When Harvard psychiatrist John Mack approached filmmaker Laurel Chiten, asking her to make a movie about encounters with aliens, she thought he was crazy. But after meeting some of the so-called “experiencers” she was intrigued; they seemed rather normal and spoke about feelings of connection and longing for these uninvited intruders to return.
She had stumbled into a world filled by people who had been touched by something – and had their lives blown apart because of it. Of this film, Chiten has said: I realized I could not figure out the origin of these bizarre stories, nor could I prove or disprove the existence of aliens. Instead, I wanted to explore the human drama: who are these people, what has happened to them, and why does this distinguished Harvard professor believe them?