Director and host James Fox assembles the most credible UFO witnesses from around the world to testify on the subject and share their experiences and observations. Air Force generals, astronauts, military and commercial pilots, government and FAA officials from seven countries gather at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. to tell stories that, as former Arizona governor Fife Symington states, 'will challenge your reality.' These accounts reveal a behind-the-scenes U.S. operation whose policy, in the eyes of some observers, seems to involve confiscation of substantiating evidence from close encounters--to the extent that even Presidents have failed to get straight answers.
Opening with an extensive review of the multiple UFO sightings that occurred in Arizona in 1997, James Fox's documentary I Know What I Saw
makes a pretty convincing case for extraterrestrial life compared to the average conspiracy flick. Packed with ample interview footage and conference clips involving numerous American government and military officials, this History Channel program distinguishes itself from sensationalistic alien junk by proposing that 5 percent of UFO reports are indeed valid, as filed by reputable individuals. Moreover, many of these officials speak with Fox about what they believe are cover-ups and hesitations on the parts of military agencies, namely the U.S. Air Force. Bolstering his argument by showing entertainingly fake vintage film clips from the 1952 flying saucer craze, Fox pits this footage against clips starring members of the air force, like Allen Hynck, hinting at military policies of secrecy. These cover-ups, Fox argues, have been going on for over 50 years, at least in America. Returning to his case in point, Arizona 1997, Fox interviews ex-Arizona governor Fyfe Symington, as well as other government officials who believe that Americans have a right to investigation where investigation is due. As is typical in UFO documentaries, there is no concrete proof provided here, only more seemingly legitimate arguments for the alien case. The whole documentary has an air of danger, like the eerie film The Fourth Kind
, as if Earthlings are in peril should our governments fail to intervene with aliens on our behalf. While it may not convince the hardiest skeptics, there is certainly more credibility here than one will find in most sightings videos. --Trinie Dalton