Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

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Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
Jonestown movie poster
Directed by Stanley Nelson
Produced by Stanley Nelson
Written by Marcia Smith
Music by Tom Phillips[disambiguation needed]
Cinematography Michael Chin
Distributed by Firelight Media
American Experience
Release dates
October 20, 2006
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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


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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