Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

Decades have passed since the 1978 Congressman Leo Ryan traveled to a remote rain forest in Guyana to follow up on the concerns of his San Francisco voters. His investigation was centered on a jungle compound called Jonestown inhabited by people who called themselves The Peoples Temple. The People Temple was led by a man named Jim Jones.

Word came back to the United States that American citizens were being held against their will under prison camp conditions in Jonestown. Rumours of physical and sexual abuse started to circulate. The worse rumour was that of a mass suicide.

In the span of 48 hours Congressman Ryan, Jim Jones and 900 other Jonestown residents were dead. It was the largest mass suicide in history. Soon after details of cyanide poisoned drinks and parents killing their children came out.

This documentary looks at Jonestown and what we know about it. We learn about the magnetic personality of Jim Jones and the people who lived there. The story is put together by interviews with survivors from Jonestown, former members of The Peoples Temple, relatives of people who died, and various journalists.

Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Interview With Filmmaker Stanley Nelson

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