Tin Star: Liverpool. This was a tragedy that not many people know the full story of; I was glad to see a competent piece like this that serves to educate and move the audience. And all of a sudden, Jim says, “That wasn’t poison you drank.”. Jim Jones Jr., Peoples Temple Member: The move to California was really fun. Tim Carter, Peoples Temple member Garnett Day, minister With Rebecca Moore, Janet Shular, Tim Carter, Stanley Clayton. Jim Jones’ sons tell all in new Jonestown doc. You know, cyanide makes people froth at the mouth. There were the publications. I hope that our society becomes more compassionate so not only Jonestown's end could never happen again, but that our community would never be that cold to those returning from the horror. "Jonestown" is a thoroughly conventional documentary -- archival footage, images and voice recordings alternating with talking head interviews. How is it going? Watch now. Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown, a 1981 audio documentary produced by NPR (90 minutes) Jonestown Legacy website run by David Wise, once a pastor of the Los Angeles Branch of the Peoples Temple, but latterly an opponent of Jim Jones. They see Christ in me, a hope of glory. And she died in my arms. Jackie Speier, Aide to Congressman Leo Ryan (archival, subtitles): Now do I both understand you to say that you both want to leave Jonestown on this date, November 18th, 1978? But at least we tried. Annie and I were sent out to go on a walk. Now Available in PBS Passport. Phyllis Wilmore-Zimmerman, Childhood Friend: I grew up with Jimmy Jones. These three guys, they get off the truck and walk around this area as though they were looking for somebody. Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): Feeling as an outcast, I’d early developed a sensitivity for the problems of blacks. What more do you suggest? She died in my arms, man. As a child I was undoubtedly one of the poor in the community, never accepted. Take that step. It became internationally notorious in November 1978, when 918 people died in the settlement as well as in a nearby airstrip and in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital. The trailer comes to a stop and then you can see the wooden pathway that leads to the pavilion. Neva Sly Hargrave, Peoples Temple Member: Jim started talking about our cause and he said, “This punch is going to be passed out to everybody here.” We all drank our punch and then he said, “You just drank poison. As this documentary doesn't show even half of the stuff that went on in the People's Temple long before they even got to Jonestown. He continued his flamboyant methods, lying down on the ice between fur hunters and baby harp seals on a fact-finding mission to Newfoundland. Watch more on NOW TV. I just kind of took everything in stride. Bryan Kravitz, Peoples Temple Member: He was there for three evenings, and the third evening I went off on the bus and came to California. Really, it’s beautiful to see that all these divisions have been broken down — not only race, but any differences of economic position. So all you could hear the engine noise. Born as it were on the wrong side of the tracks. And I can tell you right now, that from the few conversations I’ve had with some of the folks here already this evening, that whatever these comments are — there are some people here who believe that this is the best thing they’ve ever had in their whole lives. They lie. Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): Hurry, hurry, my children, hurry! Fielding McGehee, relative of Peoples Temple member Two of them are in the film.”. Jim Jones was head of the cult, "The People's Temple" that had its start in California. He understood how it was to be treated differently. This film is a very interesting blend of reenactment and documentary; both educational and heartbreaking at the same time. Juanell Smart, Peoples Temple Member: When people heard Jim, they didn’t look upon him as being a white preacher, you know. And I just broke down and told her. 1 hr 25 mins. Neva Sly Hargrave, Peoples Temple Member: I had welts really bad, and when I went to work the next day, one of my employees noticed the welts when I sat down. Be a leader, not a follower!! 2007 | TV-14 | 1 hr 44 min | FEATURE FILM. Always, always, always, always threats. ... One of the hardest things to watch is the actual mass murder itself. Deadwood . Corbis Vernon Gosney, Peoples Temple Member: There was always threats. Quickly! Vernon Gosney, Peoples Temple member Eugene Smith, Peoples Temple Member: We were people that — we wanted to make a change. As you see me as your father, I’ll be your father, for those of you that don’t have a father.” He said, “If you see me as your savior, I’ll be your savior.” He said, even so, “If you see me as your God, I’ll be your God.”. Ed Rudolph, Video Arts/San Francisco, Online Editor It is really nice here. Bryan Kravitz, Peoples Temple Member: I heard Jim Jones talking about equality among races, what it’s like living in California, in the Redwood Valley, the good works that they’re doing. Forty years on from America’s most infamous massacre, this harrowing documentary traces the Rev Jim Jones’s suicide sect – and hears from the handful who made it out alive See what else you can watch with your Entertainment Pass. Narrator (anonymous letter, archival): “A teeny kitten sits next to me watching. Jim Jones had political power that few people, let alone preachers, could have imagined. Greg Shea, Legal "This groundbreaking feature-length hybrid of documentary and drama definitively examines the five tense days leading up to that unthinkable massacre in Guyana. Jim Jones Jr., Peoples Temple Member: My father used to tell me that people’s lives — sixty percent of people’s lives — were made on emotional decisions. Jim Jones (archival): I make my stand clear. They had a little medical clinic, a little daycare area. Hue Fortson Jr., Peoples Temple Member: We would always try to let each other know the next day, “Well, how long did you sleep?” “Oh, I slept two hours.” “You only slept two? Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): Anyone that has any dissenting opinion, please speak. Deborah Layton, Peoples Temple Member, Author, Seductive Poison: I had traveled on Bus Seven, which was Jim’s bus. Jim Jones (archival): Rice, black-eyed peas, Kool-Aid. There's a problem loading this menu right now. True love never commits acts of violence or causes death to anybody!! Jackie Speier, Aide to Congressman Leo Ryan: Don Harris, who was the NBC reporter, came up to me and Congressman Ryan and handed us these two notes from people that wanted to leave. 18 November 2018. Jones had several hundred people who would go door-to-door Election Day. The choir was interracial and they used to sing this song — “Never heard a man speak like this man before. Don’t, don’t be this way. Jim Jones (archival): The United States is calling for the removal of all Blacks and Indians. George Troy I was sent backstage in Los Angeles to — to get something for somebody, I don’t remember what. Creig Turner (Singing, archival): As pilgrims here, we sometimes journey. Mike Touchette, Peoples Temple Member: When I first went into Jonestown, it was just a footpath in the rainforest. You ain’t got nothing.” And so, by this time, they looked back to Jones and so he looks over his glasses, and he nods with approval. They lie. People file by us slowly and take the somewhat bitter drink. That there were outside forces who didn’t want us to do what we were doing. Jim Jones (archival): What about the fact that the Ku Klux Klan has increased one hundred times in its membership? By the end of that day, 918 men, women and children will die. “It’s impossible to say exactly what went on that day,” says Nelson. And that frightened the hell out of me. “But it is very clear that the kids — something like 250 people who were under eighteen – were all murdered.” Stanley Clayton, one of the few who escaped alive, clearly states his opinion in the film: “That man was killin’ us.”, Teleplay by Jim Jones (archival): Edie. And that’s from his roots coming out of Lynn. Deborah Layton, Peoples Temple member and author, Seductive Poison Jim Jones (archival): Why of course you’d go, you went to Mexico with me. My brothers used to go over to Jimmy’s house and hung around his barn, which was where he played. Without our pastor, Jim Jones, to teach me the right way, I would not be in college right now. Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): I agree, Christine Miller, Peoples Temple Member (archival, subtitles): You know…. And I’ll be leaving in a couple weeks and they could come with me, but they said they didn’t want to come. You think they’re going to allow us to get by with this? Lay down your life with your child. Jim said, “Darlin’, you know, today is your day. He had books. At that same time, he’s falling to the ground and he’s going into convulsion. Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): Die with respect, die with a degree of dignity. Collect all the tapes, all the writing, all the history. The world learns about mass murder/suicide in Jonestown, orchestrated by cult leader Jim Jones. So when you were full-time Temple, you worked about twenty hours a day. Paul J. Zahnley CAS, Disher Music and Sound, Administration Who’s going to decide who and when a person’s going to die? Where is the vat? It was loud. Jackie Speier, Aide to Congressman Leo Ryan: How could you not be impressed that out of the jungles of Guyana, they had carved out a community? Stanley Clayton, Peoples Temple Member: I ain’t never used the term “suicide,” and I’m not gonna never use the term “suicide.” That man killed — was killing us. And so I picked up the note and I — and I gave it back to him. S1-3 streaming until 31 Dec 2021. This New York Times Critic's Pick tells the story of the people who followed cult leader Jim Jones to the remote jungles of Guyana, South America, in a misbegotten quest to build an ideal society. There were animals to be taken care of. Janice Flood Paradise wasn't lost at Jonestown because they were in hell with Jones years before they even got there. I was hit in my arm and wrist. The story of this movement, this action, must be examined over and over. You — you could hear it all the time. Tim Carter, Peoples Temple Member (archival): I have never been so totally happy or fulfilled in my life. Live your life to the fullest without some psychopath telling you to end your life!! NBC News Archives Everything was new and unique and —- and just fun. Female Peoples Temple Member (archival): share with them. Indianapolis Recorder Collection, Indiana Historical Society Hue Fortson Jr., Peoples Temple Member: Being in an environment where you’re constantly up, you’re constantly busy, and you’re made to feel guilty if you take too many luxuries like sleeping — you tend to not really think for yourself. Scott Kardel, Project Administration Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones carefully revealed only as much of himself as he needed to to any given audience. And I was waiting on pins and needles, and I was talking to her probably twice a week on the hand radio and Leona Collier came up, “Ok, Eugene it’s your time, you’re going over.”, Coming into Jonestown, you see a guard at the front gate and you’re all excited, you’re going down this road. His harangues over the loudspeaker were getting more and more frantic, and really just sounding more and more insane. We never know there’s people hidden inside the dump truck. 2. -Jim Jones, founder, Peoples Temple. Maurice G. Burnett, Indianapolis Star Survivors try to piece their lives back together. It has been reported that the documentary will feature interviews with Jones family members and people who were involved with the cult before the massacre. Move forward, darlin’. “Yeah, that’s a good idea.”. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Stephen Sung, Sound Technician: All you can hear is the gun — pop, pop, pop — goes off constantly. Jim Jones plans his final … Stanley Clayton, Peoples Temple Member: We all got suited down, neck-tied and everything. Everything they could think of, they were saying. Composed by Charles Stepney, Maurice White, and Verdine Adams White I looked to my right and I saw my wife, with our son in her arms and poison being injected into his mouth. Stanley Clayton, Peoples Temple member I would never have imagined that 24 hours later, they would all be dead. Maybe it’s economics? And I’ll say this about November 18th, I felt I’d lost a family and I knew I’d lost my children. You don't have to judge why people do sick things, but you never have to accept sick people's behavior either!! Members are captivated as his lust for power becomes unstoppable. It’s just stepping over into another plane. Marcia Smith and Noland Walker, Additional Camera The government was not taking care of the people. We must all learn from this so those people did not die in vain. Carroll Parrott Blue Don’t, don’t be this way! Give us our liberty or give us our death. “Stanley Clayton, up, front, center.”, Janet Shular, Peoples Temple Member: He would ask people, “What do you think we ought to do with them? Willie Brown, California State Assemblyman (archival): You have managed to make the many persons associated with Peoples Temple part of a family. I’m not going to let you do this alone.”, Marshall Kilduff, Journalist: I finally heard from some ex-members who heard I was interested in writing a story about the Temple for New West magazine, and they took a chance. Jackie Speier, Aide to Congressman Leo Ryan: Then the Congressman ran under the plane, and I sort of followed suit and got behind one of the tires. Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2020, Do not be a follower, be a leader!! It’s blasphemy! It was green. Who — people like publicity. But yet still, everyday it was getting worse and worse. Hailed as “surreal and heartbreaking” (The Village Voice) and “chilling” (San Francisco Chronicle), the 90-minute American Experience film features first-hand recollections of former Peoples Temple members, including some who narrowly escaped death in those frantic, final days in the South American jungle; relatives of those who died; and candid interviews with Jones’s son, Jim Jones, Jr. “We wanted the story to be told in the voices of the people who lived through it,” explains Nelson. KTVU They’ll torture our seniors. Jim Jones Jr. lost his wife, unborn child, sister, two brothers, four nephews, niece, mother and father. The little child may not be able to go and draw a paycheck, but the father guarantees the childcare. E. A. Phillips and Michelle G. Phillips He had this hands-on approach to legislating. A Storyville documentary. We have about every level of society, all socio-economic income strata — professional down to the ordinary field worker, field laborer. Jackie Speier, Aide to Congressman Leo Ryan: On the night of the 17th, it was still a vibrant community. Jim Jones (archival): Move forward. Forty years after the Jonestown massacre – one of the most horrific incidents in recent American history – a documentary will shine a light on cult leader Jim Jones and his followers. It was about 11:30 in the morning. Jim Jones (archival): Somebody is gonna get on the freedom train in Philadelphia! Watch the first footage from Leonardo DiCaprio's creepy Jonestown massacre documentary This film, about the 1978 infamous tragedy, won't be an easy watch By Shortlist Team. Male Peoples Temple Member (archival): I would ask you, could I go home and make a trip to see my people? Nobody joins something they think is going to hurt them. So you had to credit a big chunk of decisive votes to Peoples Temple. Vernon Gosney, Peoples Temple Member: I went and I spoke to the Congressman in the pavilion. My biggest problem was getting somebody to sort of talk to me about the Church in kind of conversational terms. He was obsessed with religion; he was obsessed with death. Forty years after the Jonestown massacre – one of the most horrific incidents in recent American history – a documentary will shine a light on cult leader Jim Jones and his followers. Neva Sly Hargrave, Peoples Temple Member: Well it got to the point where there were so many duties in the Temple that some people had to become full time. Jim Jones Jr., Peoples Temple Member: I think in everything that I tell you about Jim Jones, there is going to be a paradox. John Gollin, San Francisco Examiner Joyce Shaw-Houston, Peoples Temple Member: The longest I ever stayed awake was six days, and that’s with no coffee, no nothing. We realized these people catch up from people from Jim Jones, they’re very close lieutenant to Jim Jones. Senior Woman (archival): I was just wondering whether I could go or not. Just vulcanize yourself.”. And that is what people began to do. But shortly afterwards, I heard my partner, the cameraman. He had a desk. San Francisco Chronicle Male Peoples Temple Member (archival): Can you do it? Elspeth Domville It's incredible how we humans can be a gullible heard, and flock to someone that speaks with charisma and that arrogant know-it-all. Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): The congressman is dead! Ted Biggs. In a new A&E documentary, Leslie Wagner-Wilson tells the story of how she survived the deadly Jonestown cult. Everybody was thrilled that Ryan was thrilled. Sign up for the American Experience newsletter! The Rev. To a politician, it was like a birthday cake times twelve. Watch; Edit; Jonestown: Paradise Lost is a 2007 documentary television film on the History Channel about the final days of Jonestown, the Peoples Temple, and Jim Jones. His followers are trapped. Stephen Sung, Sound Technician: We were there, supposed to interview some of the family members to ask them why they cannot leave. Neva Sly Hargrave, Peoples Temple Member: And she starts taking forward steps. They’ll do anything to keep us from doing what we’re doing. We did ask people to leave the church one night because of that. And we would be enthusiastic. And I’m just hugging people and it’s just — it’s like, I have arrived and everything is going to be okay now. And it was the government. It’s nothing to death, it’s just stepping over into another plane. Jim Jones Jr., Peoples Temple Member: He had a real issue with separation. We saw this beautiful sign, “Welcome to Jonestown.”. FILM Archives Kristine Kravitz, Peoples Temple member Powerful documentary/movie. Peoples Temple welcomed people of every race and ethnicity. There were too many poor people out there. He was carrying on an adulterous relationship with my sister. 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