Jonestown - The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

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Culture, History, Sociopolitical Documentary published by PBS broadcasted as part of PBS American Experience series in 2006 - English narration

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Veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson traces the stunning rise and fall of Peoples Temple and its charismatic founder Jim Jones, who convinced hundreds of his followers in Jonestown, Guyana to participate in a mass “suicide” on November 18, 1978. The shocking tragedy made international headlines and over 900 people, including more than 200 children, died in the Utopian community they had tried to create in the jungles of Guyana in South America. Many of those who died were from the Bay Area as Jones held sway over a huge congregation in San Francisco from 1972 to 1977. Nelson interviews former members of Peoples Temple, including many whose family members perished in Jonestown.

Initially, they felt they were part of an idealistic interracial community that could change the world. But they also reveal the fear, paranoia and beatings that were part of the traumatic experience. Jones became their father, friend, savior and god.

The film includes remarkable archival footage of Jones discussing his childhood in Indiana and preaching in San Francisco, where he wielded considerable political clout due to his ability to get hundreds of his followers to appear at many local political events.

There is also footage of San Mateo Congressman Leo Ryan's visit to Jonestown to investigate claims of people being held against their will and audiotape of Jones preaching, including his chilling exhortation to “die with dignity.” How was it possible for such an horrific event to take place? This disturbing portrait raises as many questions as it answers.

‘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.

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Video Codec: XviD MPEG-4 codec
Video Bitrate: 1645 KB/s
Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Video Resolution: 704 x 384
Audio Codec: FAST Multimedia AG DVM (Dolby AC3)
Audio BitRate: 192 KB/s (CBR)
Audio Channels: 2 Ch
RunTime: 01:25
Framerate: 25 FPS
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 1115 MB
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Subtitles: No TV Cap
Source: DVB

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