Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

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Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, is a 2006 documentary film made by Firelight Media.

The documentary reveals new footage of the incidents surrounding the Peoples Temple and its leader Jim Jones who led over 900 members of his Cult to a settlement in Guyana called Jonestown, where he orchestrated a mass suicide with poisoned Flavor Aid, in 1978.

The film premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival where it received the Outstanding Achievement in Documentary award.

It is in the form of a narrative with interviews with former Temple members, Jonestown survivors, and persons who knew Jones at various stages.

Released 2006. Director: Stanley Nelson. Documentary film.

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  • Elaine

    Excellent documentary. It proves what a real mental case Jones was, and unfortunately, the false trust people held in Jones was betrayed, especially on the part of those innocent children who were murdered when the poisoned Kool-Aid was forced on them.
    This documentary certainly proves how people can be hoodwinked into believing false gods, as Jones also declared himself to BE ‘God’. No doubt he is roasting in Hell for what he was responsible for.

  • High Culture

    There’s nothing I can say about this tragedy. I feel deep sorrow for the loss of life but I can’t put my dismay into words.

    Half way through the documentary is spoilt by some whinging banner which interrupts the film. I solved this by clicking through into the next section. Thus I missed the mid-section which explained why Jones fled to Jones Town and became a focus for Congressional enquiry.

  • tourist

    “This documentary certainly proves how people can be hoodwinked into believing false gods, as Jones also declared himself to BE ‘God’. No doubt he is roasting in Hell for what he was responsible for.”

    The irony of that statement is overflowing.

  • mandy

    this hapened when i was seven wonder where the version of power stevens plays him

  • mandy

    booth sorry

  • mandy

    that man was a sociopath

  • Bill Randolph

    whomever needs to know–could NOT get this documentary, Jonestown-the life and death of Peoples Temple to play…..didn’t see anywhere on here to report broken documentaries…hope someone see’s this and get their ass busy fixing the 5 or so damned documentaries on here that either don’t f-ing PLAY, or have been REMOVED because of some damned ‘copywrite infringement’ crap. Understand the infringement issue, but don’t understand when you guys are legally bound to cease and desist from playing certain documentaries , why in the HELL aren’t they removed immediately from the playlist of available(?) documentaries????? Would most likely result in a lot fewer pissed off viewers who send you pissed off notes like this one…would probably increase visits to Documentary Storm as well…that is, if you guys do care about your viewers at all…….

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