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Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle 

Docuseries looking back on the Jonestown Massacre on the 40th anniversary.
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Vernon Gosney Vernon Gosney ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2018
Leslie Wagner-Wilson Leslie Wagner-Wilson ...  Herself 4 episodes, 2018
Tim Carter Tim Carter ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2018
Jim Jones Jr. Jim Jones Jr. ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2018
Stephan Jones Stephan Jones ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2018
Jeff Guinn Jeff Guinn ...  Himself, author of 'The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple' 4 episodes, 2018
Mary McCormick Maaga Mary McCormick Maaga ...  Herself, author of 'Hearing the Voices of Jonestown' 4 episodes, 2018
Grace Stoen Grace Stoen ...  Herself 4 episodes, 2018
Laura Johnston Kohl ...  Herself 3 episodes, 2018
Jordan Vilchez Jordan Vilchez ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2018
Marshall Kilduff ...  Himself, journalist, San Francisco Chronicle 2 episodes, 2018
Jackie Speier ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2018
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Released 40 years after the events of the 1978 Jonestown mass murder-suicide that killed more than 900 Americans, this four-part documentary tells the history of the the Peoples Temple religious group. It follows the group's leader Reverend Jim Jones from his roots as a charismatic preacher and civil rights advocate in Indiana into a narcissistic demagogue who led the biggest mass suicide in U.S. history. The story is based on the 2017 book by "Road to Jonestown" by Jeff Guinn.

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17 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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Reasons to believe
18 January 2020 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

The revolution will be televised. I'm quite a sucker for films about cults, but the remarkable thing is how many of them were caught on film. But the Peoples Temple was the cult-uber-ales, which ended in the murder-suicide of almost a thousand of its members; and even this is mostly on the record, including live action footage taken as Jones's followers shot and killed a U.S. representative. The documentary thus almost makes itself, although it's well put together, with interviews carried out with some survivors of the massacre. None of these now see any good whatsoever in the Temple (unlike some other cults who still retain some support amonst their ex-members); and they explain their past decisions as a mixture of beguilment and coerction. Founder Jim Jones had a certain charisma, albeit a creepy one; but the take home message is that people see what they need to (or, in the words of Bruce Springsteen, "at the end of every long hard day people find some reason to believe"). The scale of the tragedy makes the story compelling; you'd like to think it couldn't happen again, but you'd probably be wrong.


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