Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

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Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
Jonestownposter.jpg
Jonestown movie poster
Directed byStanley Nelson
Produced byStanley Nelson
Written byMarcia Smith
Music byTom Phillips
CinematographyMichael Chin
Distributed byFirelight Media
American Experience
Release datesOctober 20, 2006
Running time86 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
Jonestownposter.jpg
Jonestown movie poster
Directed byStanley Nelson
Produced byStanley Nelson
Written byMarcia Smith
Music byTom Phillips
CinematographyMichael Chin
Distributed byFirelight Media
American Experience
Release datesOctober 20, 2006
Running time86 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, is a 2006 documentary film made by Firelight Media, produced and directed by Stanley Nelson. The documentary reveals new footage of the incidents surrounding the Peoples Temple and its leader Jim Jones who led over 900 members of his religious group to a settlement in Guyana called Jonestown, where he orchestrated a mass suicide with poisoned Flavor Aid, in 1978.[1] It is in the form of a narrative with interviews with former Temple members, Jonestown survivors, and persons who knew Jones at various stages.

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The film premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival where it received the Outstanding Achievement in Documentary award,[2] and was broadcast nationally on Monday, April 9, 2007, on PBS's documentary program "American Experience".[3] The DVD release contains a number of scenes and interviews not in the on-air program.

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