Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

Synopsis: Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch.
Director(s): Stanley Nelson
Production: 7th art
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

all things in common.

Where there is no rich or poor.

Where there are no races.

Wherever there is people struggling

for justice and righteousness,

there I am.

And there I am involved.

What he spoke about were

things that were in our hearts.

The government was not

taking care of the people.

There were too many poor people

out there. There were poor children.

The world is like a human family.

The little child may not be able to go

and draw a paycheck,

but the father

guarantees the childcare.

The grandmother

may not be able to work anymore,

but the father and mother

guarantees her the right to live.

Every single person felt

that they had a purpose there

and that they were

exceptionally special.

And that is how he brought

so many young college kids in,

so many older black women in,

so many people from diverse backgrounds

who realized that there was

something bigger than themselves

that they needed to be involved in...

and that Jim Jones offered that.

I went home, told mom, You know what,

this is the right church for me.

It was the next week that I became

a member of Peoples Temple.

Theres a little town in Indiana.

The moment I think of it

a great deal of pain comes.

As a child I was undoubtedly

one of the poor in the community,

never accepted.

Born as it were

on the wrong side of the tracks.

I grew up with Jimmy Jones.

We started first grade together.

My brothers used to

go over to Jimmys house

and hung around his barn,

which was where he played.

From the time I was five years old,

I thought Jimmy was a really weird kid,

there was something not quite right.

He was obsessed with religion;

he was obsessed with death.

My brothers came back

with stories of him

conducting funerals

for small animals that had died.

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