‘Moment of Contact’ Trailer: Oh shit, let’s learn about the Roswell of Brazil

Full-disclosure: I believe in UFOs and I loved James Fox’s previous documentary The Phenomenon. Also, I’m a total mark for the case he’s covering in this new documentary, Moment of Contact. So it’s with a deeply biased, warped brain that I admit I’m so fucking stoked for this shit.


Two years ago, io9 premiered the trailer for The Phenomenon, a UFO documentary built around the “unavoidable fact” that aliens are real. Now filmmaker James Fox is back with a follow-up that explores that anti-skeptical thesis through a more international lens, delving into “the Roswell of Brazil.” It’s called Moment of Contact, and io9 is once again excited to premiere the trailer.

Here’s the official description of the doc: “Moment of Contact, director James Gray’s follow-up to the 2020 hit, The Phenomenon, is an exploration of extraterrestrial encounters centered on a series of events in 1996 when citizens of Varginha, Brazil, reported seeing a UFO crash and one or more strange creatures. Several locals, including a group of girls ranging in age from 14-21, had a close encounter with a being described as about four feet tall, with brown oily skin, a large head. and huge red eyes. The town of Varginha was cordoned off by military and emergency response teams and two creatures were captured. Local military policeman Marco Cherese died under mysterious circumstances after allegedly handling one of the creatures. Fox’s documentary features interviews with key eyewitnesses, experts, and officials, including nuclear physicist and professional ufologist Stanton Friedman, Brazilian Air Force General Jose Carlos Pereira, and Brazilian ufologist Ademar Jose Gevaerd.”

Was it real, or a mass delusion, or a hoax, or something even more unexplainable to account for all those people who claim to have witnessed some part of these events? It’s up to the viewer to decide. With narration by Peter Coyote (who also narrated The Phenomenon, and, yes, also starred in E.T. the Extraterrestrial), Moment of Contact also features interviews with former U.S. Army Counterintelligence Special Agent Luis Elizondo, information scientist and ufologist Jacques Valle, and former Deputy Undersecretary for Defense Intelligence Christopher Mellon.