Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

Firelight Media   |   USA

On November 18, 1978, over 900 members of Peoples Temple died in the largest mass suicide 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? 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. Reason for Submission: The San Francisco based Peoples Temple, led by Indiana native Jim Jones had a large following, initiated many community based programs and had capital, political clout and the good will of the San Francisco Bay Area. The mass suicide/murder shocked the nation and crippled San Francisco's spirit. We worked with Stanley Nelson to uncover rare, never-before-seen historical footage in our archives to reveal the complex truths behind the Peoples Temple's charismatic leader Jim Jones, his multiracial, multicultural San Francisco following and the rapid-fire events that resulted in the tragedy. We're proud to have worked on this cinematic metaphor for the spiritual yearning and cultural catharsis of those times.