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Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple
Release Date:
October 20, 2006 (NY)
Studio: 7th Art Releasing
Director: Stanley Nelson
Marcia Smith
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Available
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On November 18, 1978, over 900 members of Peoples Temple died in the largest mass suicide/murder in history. What drew so many people across racial and class lines to the Peoples Temple? How could a diverse group of 900 people be convinced to commit suicide? What was a California congregation doing in the jungles of Guyana? And who was Jim Jones to command such loyalty that parents would murder their own children? Using never before seen archival footage and survivor interviews, "Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple" tells the story of the people who followed Jim Jones from Indiana, to California, and finally to the remote jungles of Guyana, South America, in a misbegotten quest to build an ideal society and rid the world of injustice. More here
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Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown - Airing in 1981, this 90 minute audio documentary was based on hundreds of hours of audio tape acquired under the Freedom of Information Act. Winner of the Dupont Columbia Award, the National Headliner Award and the Prix Italia.

'Jonestown Legacy' - Jonestown Legacy is a site run by David Wise, a former Pastor of the Los Angeles Branch of the Peoples Temple. David Wise turned against Jim Jones when Jones began to lose his mind and was hunted down by Jones and found twice. He spent twenty five years hiding out because Jones alleged to have taken a contract out on Wise's life. He is now writing a book with the same title.

'Jonestown and Official San Francisco: The Untold Story' - Documents the enormous support Jim Jones received from San Francisco politicians during both the period he built his "Church" in that city and afterwards when questions were raised about his project in Guyana.

'Audio recording of mass suicide' - An audio recording of the mass suicides in MP3 and FLAC formats

List of who died at Jonestown

Alternative considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple, San Diego State University, documented attempts to gain U.S. government information, personal recollections, and essays.

The Jonestown, Guyana Tragedy - The contents of US Government archives on the subject obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The original website has disappeared, so this link is via; unfortunately the scanned pages are missing.

Transcript of Jim Jones' final speech in which he announces that suicide is now the best solution.

Crime Library - The Jonestown Massacre - Jonestown massacre + 20: Questions linger - Touches on the alleged involvement of the CIA. - Jonestown survivors recall fateful day - Jonestown survivor: 'Wrong from every point of view' - Timeline: Road to tragedy in Jonestown

BBC On This Day - 1978: Mass suicide leaves 900 dead

Jim Jones inspiration for his ideology and cult control techniques (no author)

Masters and Slaves:  The Tragedy of Jonestown, by Fanita English - Idea Journal article, addresses mind control (& compares to Nazi Germany)

Report to the committee on Foreign Affairs, May 1979

The Black Hole of Guyana, by John Judge article by researcher John Judge

The Truth About Jonestown, by Shelia Yohnk

Extracts from "The Jonestown Carnage: A CIA Crime" (in Russian)

The Word Spy - drink the Kool-Aid



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