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Director  Tim Wolochatiuk
Written by  Jason Sherman
Writer  Jason Sherman
Language  English
7.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary, History
Duration  
Country  Canada France South Africa
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Release date  January 15, 2007 (2007-01-15)
Genres  Documentary, Historical drama
Similar movies  Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

Jonestown paradise lost


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. From eyewitness and survivor accounts, the program recreates the last week before the mass murder-suicide on November 18, 1978.

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Summary

The film documents the final days of the Peoples Temple at Jonestown, Guyana. Interspersed with interviews from survivors, dramatic recreations of the events show how Reverend Jim Jones becomes increasingly paranoid and erratic as pressures build on him, both inside the compound and from the United States. When Congressman Leo Ryan insists on visiting, Jones alternates between reluctant acceptance and refusal. Ultimately, Jones allows Ryan, several journalists, and the Concerned Relatives representatives to visit the compound. Jones coaches the Peoples Temple members on what to say, but is surprised by a series of defections. Jones orders the deaths of all involved and forces the members of the Temple to commit mass suicide. Hyacinth Thrash, an elderly member, hides and survives. Sherwin Harris, who never visited the compound itself, survives, but his estranged ex-wife, Sharon, and daughter, Lianne, both commit suicide. Vernon Gosney and Tim Reiterman escape the assassination of Ryan, but both are shot and wounded by the assassins. Stephan Jones, Jim Jones' son, was not at the compound during the mass suicide.

Cast

  • Paul McGann (narrator)
  • Interviews

  • Stephan Jones, Jim Jones' son
  • Vernon Gosney, former Peoples Temple member
  • Tim Reiterman, journalist and author who was shot in Guyana
  • Sherwin Harris, a member of the Concerned Relatives
  • Release

    Jonestown: Paradise Lost aired on the History Channel on January 15, 2007. It was then showed at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in March 5, 2007, followed by its Canadian TV premiere on VisionTV on March 13, 2007.

    Reception

    Ginia Bellafante of The New York Times wrote that the film "methodically clocks through the cult's final days", but Stephan Jones, Jim Jones' son, is "mesmerizing to watch". Bellafante faults the documentary for not interviewing Stephan further. Stephan has said that he has no intention of watching the documentary.

    References

    Jonestown: Paradise Lost Wikipedia
    Jonestown: Paradise Lost IMDb Jonestown: Paradise Lost themoviedb.org


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