Mike Touchette, Peoples Temple Member: They had their own rooms, they had every need taken care of, they had their food provided. son-of-mike. Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch. 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. On-screen text: Peoples Temple Children’s Choir — Welcome. But don’t do this. Who knows what it is? I’m not able to say…But I do know it’s real. Grace Stoen, Peoples Temple Member: One of the powerful things that Jim used, to keep us to not think, was that we were never really allowed to speak with one another. Watch Jonestown Massacre: As We Watched: on DIRECTV In 1978, cult leader Jim Jones lures his followers to Jonestown, Guyana, where he commits a mass murder-suicide of … You asked me about Russia. 605 Adults 304 Children is an immersive and intimate short documentary filmed entirely by The Peoples Temple in Jonestown. Neva Sly Hargrave, Peoples Temple member (On-screen text): Voice of Jim Jones, 1953. On-screen text: 909 Peoples Temple members died at Jonestown. Juanell Smart, Peoples Temple Member: When people heard Jim, they didn’t look upon him as being a white preacher, you know. Deborah Layton, Peoples Temple Member, Author, Seductive Poison: I had traveled on Bus Seven, which was Jim’s bus. Well having a funeral for it was a little strange, killing the animal was very strange. This documentary tells the story of the people who joined Peoples Temple, following Jones from Indiana to California and ultimately to their deaths in Guyana in November 1978. My sister Carolyn had invited my parents and my younger sister and I to visit her in Potter Valley. Vernon Gosney, Peoples Temple Member: There was a lot of preparation for Congressman Ryan’s visit. And I said to her, “Well, if you’re going to speak publicly — I’m going to speak with you. (Singing, archival): Welcome, welcome all of you. Kristine Kravitz, Peoples Temple Member: Jim Jones talked about going to the Promised Land and then, pretty soon, we were seeing film footage of Jonestown. They try to hide underneath the wheels. Jim Jones (archival): Take your glasses off. It’s blasphemy to talk about going back when you have not been given any approval! I drunk alcohol and stuff like that. At one point, he said, “Well, of course you can go if you want.” But clearly, that was not the message. Male Peoples Temple Member (archival): Can you do it? I said, “You dropped something,” and this little boy, about nine years old, started saying, “He passed a note! Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started. And I thought it had a lot more to do with Jim’s sense of rehearsal. People didn’t look at Jim as being white. We had Indians in front of us with machetes, and we had Indians behind us with machetes. He was just their preacher. Jim Jones (archival): Now, will each of you give a very fond embrace, a salutary kiss of greeting to your neighbor — and let’s fill this atmosphere with warmth and love. I can’t see a post about this documentary that’s been on BBC4 the last 2 nights. 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. Female Peoples Temple Member (archival): He said, “I really want to get away from him. He saw that the preachers were like father figures to their congregations. You can do it. The grandmother may not be able to work anymore, but the father and mother guarantees her the right to live. They had cabins. I’d look around and I’d say, “Am I the only one that feels this way?” I learned, eventually, not to say anything to anyone. And I’m sitting there petrified because I’m like, “Is this what it’s leading to, that I’m supposed to get to?” And I’m thinking, “hmmm.” But I played it off like, “Okay, I’m being cool. Jackie Speier, Aide to Congressman Leo Ryan: Congressman Ryan was unique in the political sphere. It’s obvious that Martin Luther King was murdered by conspiracy…Malcolm X, Senator Kennedy…. And I was sitting there and I thought, “That’s weird — it smells like alcohol next to me.” And he leaned over and he said, “Do you know what you do to me?” He had informed me that I was to come in — on Bus Seven, there was a room in the back for just him. What do you see? Eugene Cordell, Relative of Peoples Temple Member: I told Edith, “If you follow Jimmy to California, you’re crazy.” So what did Jimmy do, but took her to a psychiatrist and sent me a certified letter that she is of sound mind, and she is not crazy. While receiving it, the State Department asked each person if they wanted to fly home instead of returning to Jonestown. John Gollin, San Francisco Examiner Rebecca Moore, Relative of Peoples Temple Member: California is perceived to be a very progressive state. FILM Archives Be a leader, not a follower!! Subtitles. Garrett Lambrev, Peoples Temple member Tim Reiterman, Journalist: There were people tumbling and yelling and letting out cries as they were hit. And most people, once the going gets rough, don’t jump out immediately. “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 Let all the story of this Peoples Temple be told.”. They didn’t ask anything. Stanley Clayton, Peoples Temple member Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): Hurry, hurry, my children, hurry! Hue Fortson Jr., Peoples Temple Member: There was an interracial group. We came and there was this strange man in her house, and her husband wasn’t there. There was all these different scenarios that were presented. From the makers of Downton Abbey. Barbara Peterson Mike Harlow, Research Assistance The Sacrament is a 2013 American found footage horror thriller film written and directed by Ti West. Love this article? Yes, it was a failure. You’re going to walk again.” And the whole auditorium went totally crazy. When it comes to documentaries about cults, Jonestown: ... Messiah on Trial is – a follow-up to The End of the World Cult (so watch that one first!). The Fall of the I-Hotel, courtesy of Curtis Choy/Chonk Moonhunter Now Available in PBS Passport. Jim Jones (archival): Some people see a great deal of God in my body. And — they came and shot me at point blank — point blank range. She died in my arms, man. You were a shareholder of Jonestown if you were African American. JONESTOWN: TERROR IN THE JUNGLE Trailer Jim Jones forms The Peoples Temple. A new documentary on the infamous Jonestown massacre is set to be … They’re all liars.” The last words I heard from Jim Jones was, “I just want you to know that you can come back to Jonestown and visit your son any time you want.”. I told him, “You are in extreme danger. STARRING. Katie Marsh, Kounterattack Design, Audio Restoration Subtitles. Here’s what to watch this evening. They’ll torture some of our children here. Creig Turner People could not leave him. Ted Biggs. What more do you suggest? Jim Jones Jr. lost his wife, unborn child, sister, two brothers, four nephews, niece, mother and father. It’s the church’s duty to have a place of protection for its people. Gregory Robinson, San Francisco Examiner Because it just seemed so beautiful. You’re my people. Laura Johnston Kohl, Peoples Temple Member: We had no other radio or T.V. Hue Fortson Jr., Peoples Temple Member: And he said, “What you need to believe in is what you can see.” He said, “If you see me as your friend, I’ll be your friend. That there were outside forces who didn’t want us to do what we were doing. There were many reasons for many people to admire, love, excuse, overlook much of what Jim did. Eugene Smith, Peoples Temple Member: When Jim Jones wasn’t there, things tended to be a little bit lighter. Woman (archival): You bring those kids back here! Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2020, Do not be a follower, be a leader!! I love it here and this is the place where all of you are going to be. A small child would turn in a parent. John R. Hall, Sociologist: The Moscone election was very close. Kristine Kravitz, Peoples Temple Member: There were people who ran rest homes. Jim Jones (archival): Flour, rice, black-eyed peas, more peas. We didn’t commit suicide. Having this vision to change the world, but having this whole undercurrent of dysfunction that was underneath that vision. Garnett Day, minister E. A. Phillips and Michelle G. Phillips Jim Jones (archival): Why of course you’d go, you went to Mexico with me. She just was — was just in a daze. Stanley Clayton, Peoples Temple Member: And for me, that was like, “Wow, man.” I liked that. Video availability outside of United States varies. And I did allow Jones to think for me because I figured that he had the better plan. 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? They organized letter-writing campaigns to public officials, to members of Congress. On-screen text: Peoples Temple Farm, Ukiah — Redwood Valley, California. And that’s from his roots coming out of Lynn. And that the women were all lesbians and the guys were all gay. He just didn’t take no for an answer. So you had to credit a big chunk of decisive votes to Peoples Temple. Stephen Sung, Sound Technician: I felt a tremendous explosion, right next to my head. 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. This is the man that wants to leave his son here. To live in a heartless society after experience this trauma can only have been torture. My brothers used to go over to Jimmy’s house and hung around his barn, which was where he played. Mary Leggett, M’s Bed and Breakfast Don’t try to take any of our children. Laura Johnston Kohl, Peoples Temple Member: It changed over the years, but it was always busy. I was sent backstage in Los Angeles to — to get something for somebody, I don’t remember what. Recorded Anthology of American Music, Inc. Why Can’t We Live Together Newsletters tailored to you. Have seen every Jonestown Documentary and they just rehash the same facts and same interviews. They lie. A heroic congressman travels to Jonestown; Temple members plot their escape. Woman (archival): Thank you very much, thank you. I just kind of took everything in stride. Everybody had a job. Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company Eugene Smith, Peoples Temple Member: We were people that — we wanted to make a change. Stephen Sung, Sound Technician: The gun’s dead and all we can hear — this one engine was still running. Quickly! Traditional Elspeth Domville You — you could hear it all the time. JONESTOWN: TERROR IN THE JUNGLE premieres Sat., Nov. 17 at 9/8c on SundanceTV. This movie is partly a dramatisation of the Jonestown massacre shown through flashbacks, and partly one woman's journey to closure by camping out in the wilderness and meditating. Annie and I were sent out to go on a walk. Hurry my children! Laura Johnston Kohl, Peoples Temple Member: And often on Saturday night, we’d have planning commission meetings until 2 or 3 in the morning. When Guyanese authorities arrived at Jonestown on November 19, 1978, the only survivor present was Hyacinth Thrash, a 76-year-old black woman who had joined Peoples Temple in Indianapolis. And that’s beautiful. Susana Fernandes Julia Conley Nobody knew that until perhaps it was their time to find out. In a new A&E documentary, Leslie Wagner-Wilson tells the story of how she survived the deadly Jonestown cult. 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