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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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Fairly good look at a mass-murder
22 October 2019 | by mrhager-79997See all my reviews

What do you think of this documentary may vary based on the amount of knowledge you bring to it. I have read a couple of books and seen three or four other documentaries about Jim Jones and his temple, so I feel like I have a certain grasp on the details of the story. This documentary does a nice job laying things out for a beginner. It's based on theJeff Guinness book about the massacre, and Guinness is perhaps the most prominent talking head. His book is very good, and he is a fine Personality, but the film might have benefitted from bringing in other experts as well Obviously, there were very few survivors of the events in Guyana, and many of them are represented here. But there were some side stories I was waiting to hear about (like the Temple lawyers who spent the night hiding in the jungle during the massacre) that weren't touched on. The films politics also feel a bit neutered. Jim Jones was an important part of the liberal political establishment in San Francisco, and helped elect Harvey Milk (who was never mentioned). Similarly, the end of the documentary seems to imply that our current political situation is similar to the fear and paranoia which led to Jonestown. It feels like the filmmakers are calling out President Trump, I don't quite have the guts to say so.

Still, there is a lot of interesting footage here, and the interviews with the survivors are valuable.


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