GenreDocumentary, History Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateOctober 20, 2006 WriterMarcia Smith (story), Marcia Smith (teleplay), Noland Walker (teleplay) Initial releaseOctober 20, 2006 (New York City) CastDeborah Layton, Rebecca Moore, Stanley Clayton ScreenplayNoland Walker, Marcia Smith Similar moviesHouse of Sand and Fog, A Single Man, The Prophecy II, Monster's Ball, Holes, Detachment
TaglineAn American Tragedy
Jonestown the life and death of peoples temple
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, is a 2006 documentary film made by Firelight Media, produced and directed by Stanley Nelson. The documentary reveals new footage of the incidents surrounding the Peoples Temple and its leader Jim Jones who led over 900 members of his religious group to a settlement in Guyana called Jonestown, where he orchestrated a mass suicide with poisoned Flavor Aid, in 1978. It is in the form of a narrative with interviews with former Temple members, Jonestown survivors, and people who knew Jones.
The film premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival where it received the Outstanding Achievement in Documentary award, and was broadcast nationally on Monday, April 9, 2007, on PBS's documentary program "American Experience". The DVD release contains a number of scenes and interviews not in the on-air program.
Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Feature Documentary, San Francisco International Film Festival
Outstanding Achievement in Documentary, 2006 Tribeca Film Festival
Nominee, 2006 International Documentary Association Awards