Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Jonestown Cult Suicides: The true story

The documentary series exploring infamous historical events continues. This instalment takes viewers back to November 18th 1978, and the apparent mass suicide by over 900 members of a religious cult and the murders of a US congressman and an investigating journalist. Using dramatic reconstruction, archive footage and testimony from survivors – including cult-leader Jim Jones’s own son Stephan – this film tells the story of what really happened on that apocalyptic day.

During the turmoil of the late 1960s and early 1970s, thousands of Americans flocked to hear charismatic preacher Jim Jones at his Peoples Temple church. Preaching a combination of socialist ideals and Christian redemption, Jones saw himself as both a prophet and a saviour.


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