A heroic congressman arrives; Temple members plot their escape. What I was feeling was — this is an opportunity that I can vocalize how much I believe in what we are doing here. Barbara Peterson Subtitles. But he did find community in the Pentecostal Church. And I’ll say this about November 18th, I felt I’d lost a family and I knew I’d lost my children. Woman (archival): You bring those kids back here! 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? It was about 11:30 in the morning. Laura Johnston Kohl, Peoples Temple Member: I never believed in Heaven in my whole life. Tim Carter lost his wife and son, sister, niece and nephew. Kelly Frankeny “Yeah, that’s a good idea.”. We are trying to make — and we are making a place of refuge for all of you here. Anthony Simons Nobody knew that until perhaps it was their time to find out. Amy Wellnitz, Ukiah Daily Journal It was rural. He passed a note!”. Jim Jones Jr., Peoples Temple Member: The move to California was really fun. I love it here and this is the place where all of you are going to be. Jonestown: Paradise Lost. Juanell Smart, Peoples Temple Member: When people heard Jim, they didn’t look upon him as being a white preacher, you know. I was a young person at the time of this event and still remember the disbelief I felt that something like it could even happen. Jim Jones (archival): Some people see a great deal of God in my body. Jim Jones (archival): I make my stand clear. Why are people so easily led astray? Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): but also they deserve…what’s more, they deserve peace. I don’t. When we came back, something had happened. Stanley Clayton, Peoples Temple Member: He said, “Well, we got to go. Stanley Clayton, Peoples Temple member June Cordell, Relative of Peoples Temple member 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. And most people, once the going gets rough, don’t jump out immediately. I wanted to go. Bryan Kravitz, Peoples Temple member We wanted to live, to shine, to bring light to a world that is dying for a little bit of love.”. MacDonald and Associates Tim Carter, Peoples Temple Member: As soon as I walked into the San Francisco temple, I was home. Marshall Kilduff, Journalist: Well, in 1975 it was a mayoral election in San Francisco. You think they’re going to allow us to get by with this? He was just their preacher. Eugene and June Cordell lost Edith Cordell and nineteen other relatives. To me — at that point, I knew that this [expletive] was real. Last modified on Tue 7 Jan 2020 05.31 EST. It’s nothing to death, it’s just stepping over into another plane. And she starts walking up one of the aisles. Neva Sly Hargrave, Peoples Temple Member: And she takes this real slow, shaky step. On-screen text: Peoples Temple Children’s Choir — Welcome. Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): Anyone that has any dissenting opinion, please speak. Tim Carter, Peoples Temple Member: Immediately, the whole vibe changed. I was there the afternoon that Edith drove away. November 18th, 2018. Watch Later. 23 October 2018. By Christmas, I will be gone.”. At that same time, he’s falling to the ground and he’s going into convulsion. And we would be enthusiastic. Take that step. 2007, Crime - 100 min 14 Comments. They drove this truck all the way across the airstrip and stop on this side of the plane, so literally they cut us off from the jungle. “I gave my rights up to him. or communication with parents or any kind of, you know, update that could show us, really, that there’s a whole other thing going on besides what Jim was interpreting for us. I certainly do. Getty Images Why are we going to throw all this away? The blurb is outright false - there is nothing supernatural about it and no real threat lurking at the site of the massacre. These three guys, they get off the truck and walk around this area as though they were looking for somebody. Woman (archival): Don’t you touch my kids! It was emotional. It is really nice here. Vernon Gosney, Peoples Temple Member: I went and I spoke to the Congressman in the pavilion. Coming there, being there in the meetings, sitting, listening — you know, supporting, working. Directed by Stanley Nelson. I drunk alcohol and stuff like that. Without our pastor, Jim Jones, to teach me the right way, I would not be in college right now. Reporter (archival): Last night, someone came and passed me this note. Newsletters tailored to you. With this documentary, you see the fallout of crimes Michael Travesser admitted to in the first documentary, including the trial and sentencing. They were well looked after. This would be the place to implement the dream of racial equality. Jim Jones (archival): Jesus Christ had the most revolutionary teachings to be said, in the sense that he said to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, take in the stranger, administer to those who are widows and afflicted in their suffering. Some people do. In 1972 Leo Ryan was elected to the United States Congress from California’s 11th District. I brought the only black young man in the town home and my dad said that he could not come in and I said, “Then I shan’t,” and I did not see my dad for many years. Jim Jones (archival): At least on those terms, we choose our death and no one chooses it for us. 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. In 1978 over 900 people led by Rev. On-screen text: On November 18th, 1978, in Jonestown, Guyana, 909 members of Peoples Temple died in what has been called the largest mass suicide in modern history. Well, I slept an hour-and-a-half.”. 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. Carroll Parrott Blue Joyce Shaw-Houston, Peoples Temple Member: We were celebrating New Years Eve. And I did allow Jones to think for me because I figured that he had the better plan. There was nothing dignified about it. Mike Touchette, Peoples Temple Member: They had their own rooms, they had every need taken care of, they had their food provided. 7.69 . The racial integration became self-fulfilling at some point; the congregation itself became the draw. Live your life to the fullest without some psychopath telling you to end your life!! Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2016. Andrew Buck Jim Jones (archival): By Christmas, do you want to be gone? Rebecca Moore, Relative of Peoples Temple Member: There was this pervasive sense of being under attack in Jonestown. Fulcrum TV People didn’t look at Jim as being white. Wherever there is people struggling for justice and righteousness, there I am. The press exposes the dark side of Jim Jones, causing a mass exodus to Jonestown. Jones was sitting, looking over his sunglasses, but he had a smile on his face like he’s really enjoying this woman being torn down. Composed by John. Jackie Speier, Aide to Congressman Leo Ryan: Congressman Ryan was unique in the political sphere. My mother-in-law, Edith Cordell, had a monkey and it hung itself and she wanted to replace the monkey. They had a little medical clinic, a little daycare area. Select the department you want to search in. 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. We must not allow these kind of things to enter our consciousness. And all of a sudden, the answer was there. Tim Reiterman, Journalist: When Jim Jones decided that there was too much pressure, too much trouble to stay in San Francisco, he ordered the move to Jonestown and it happened almost overnight. I don’t think that he feels confident having people talk to their relatives. Getty Images Watch with Sundance Now. But one thing I can say, at least we tried and we didn’t sit back and wait on the laurels for somebody else to try it. There were poor children. I got a tremendous pain ran through my arm and on my shoulder. Don’t try to take any of our children. The birds gather on the telephone wires. What he spoke from the pulpit wasn’t what he did behind the scenes. Marshall Kilduff, Journalist: These people would be on time, they’d be polite and nice. Fielding McGehee, Relative of Peoples Temple Member: He chose Ukiah in northern California — about 90 miles north of San Francisco — because there was an article in Esquire Magazine that said that Ukiah was one of the nine places in the world that in the event of thermonuclear attack, people would survive. Tim Carter, Peoples Temple Member: If I had to go to the doctor, it was taken care of. 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. 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. Get the solution together.”. The margin of victory was probably no more than 4,000. The man got power, ya’ll.” And the whole place would just go wild. Leslie Donaldson, KTVU And you’re seeing in the distance, housing complexes, that are being built. Senior Woman (archival): I was just wondering whether I could go or not. Don’t, don’t be this way. Rev. A husband would turn in a wife. Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): There’s a little town in Indiana. Jim Jones (archival): People play games, friend. And so I picked up the note and I — and I gave it back to him. Tim Carter, Peoples Temple Member: We walked up to the pavilion together, with everybody else. Susan Sutton, Indiana Historical Society Stanley Clayton, Peoples Temple Member: There was a young kid, his name was Thurman and when he came inside, he bumped into me. As many others did. What do you see? FILM Archives And he reached up and kind of patted the back of my neck, and he said, “I’ll [expletive] you in the ass if you want.” And I just kind of stammered, “No.” You know, “No.” And he said, “Well, you know, if you ever want that, that’s okay, just let me know and we’ll do that.”. I could see myself in Jonestown walking, and when I looked to my left, there was my son. Marcia Smith and Noland Walker, Additional Camera I can’t see a post about this documentary that’s been on BBC4 the last 2 nights. Jackie Speier, Aide to Congressman Leo Ryan: We heard this great uproar in the pavilion and the truck stopped. Get the latest on new films and digital content, learn about events in your area, and get your weekly fix of American history. You can do it. Hue Fortson Jr., Peoples Temple Member: Jones is sitting there calmly and so another lady said, “Well, I don’t know why you keep doing that. Gary Fong, San Francisco Chronicle He saw that the preachers were like father figures to their congregations. “Stanley Clayton, up, front, center.”, Janet Shular, Peoples Temple Member: He would ask people, “What do you think we ought to do with them? My wife was there. The word we were getting was that there was an armed encampment. Hue Fortson Jr., Peoples Temple Member: He had gotten to the place that even his voice was becoming slurred, and he said it was because the nurse was giving him the wrong medications. And just as you reach the edge of the pavilion, people started rushing you that you knew. It was enough for the Congressman to say, “You know what? Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2017. Sign in to see videos available to you. And then the question went on, “Well, how many of you in here have had him to do that?” And whether they were lying or just following suit, hands of the men just went up around the room. 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. Kristine Kravitz, Peoples Temple Member: There were people who ran rest homes. Deborah Layton, Peoples Temple Member, Author, Seductive Poison: What was once a really boring meeting, all of a sudden, became like really interesting when Jim Jones became the head of it — because we all came down on the buses. I’ve never been any happier in my life. Jim was not celibate. Male Peoples Temple Member (archival): Won’t listen to you, huh? Then, shortly thereafter, Congressman Ryan starts walking out in this bloodstained shirt. And she died in my arms. Bless your heart. Mother! I’m right now making a call to Russia. The trailer comes to a stop and then you can see the wooden pathway that leads to the pavilion. This has some footage not seen before especially the earlier years of the Peoples Temple as it began as a group of people who truly wanted to make a better world. Jim Jones’ sons tell all in new Jonestown doc. And all of a sudden, Jim says, “That wasn’t poison you drank.”. It’s overwhelming, it really is. I feel extreme sorrow for those whose stories were covered and who lost family members. Jim Jones (archival, subtitles): If we can’t live in peace, then let’s die in peace. So all you could hear the engine noise. All right, let us not fall into in the hands of the enemy. Stanley Clayton, Peoples Temple Member: I grabbed the kid from the shoulders up, and in that process of taking him out of the pavilion, this kid died in my arms. Peoples Temple Collection, courtesy of California Historical Society Phyllis Wilmore-Zimmerman, Childhood Friend: My brothers came back with stories of him conducting funerals for small animals that had died. Jonestown documentary gives rare look inside Peoples Temple. If you’re in need of transportation, you get that. Move forward. Kelsey Dorwart Next. TV-14. With various assassinations — Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy — there was definitely a feeling of hopelessness. Jim Jones (archival): Somebody is gonna get on the freedom train in Philadelphia! I gave my rights up to him. I think the only way he can survive and sustain what he started is to isolate all his followers from this country and from their families. He was talking better this and better that. Tim Wolochatiuk. 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. Published by EMI Longitude Music When everyone got off the bus at the rest stop, I went into his little room and I sat there and waited for him. Claire Janaro, Personal Collection Rebecca Moore, Relative of Peoples Temple Member: California is perceived to be a very progressive state. He was taking drugs. They’ll torture some of our children here. John Koetzner, Mendocino College Library You don't have to judge why people do sick things, but you never have to accept sick people's behavior either!! Janet Shular, Peoples Temple Member: People were brought up front and asked — had to tell who they had slept with and who they had sneaked off to a restaurant with. You need to leave.” And he said, “You don’t have anything to worry about.” He says, “You have the Congressional shield of protection around you.” And I just looked at him like he was totally insane. Deborah Layton, Peoples Temple member and author, Seductive Poison Chuck Wilmore, Personal Collection Rebecca Moore, Relative of Peoples Temple Member: The reward for the election of George Moscone was the appointment of Jim Jones as Chairman of the City Housing Authority. I told him, “You are in extreme danger. With Vernon Gosney, Leslie Wagner-Wilson, Tim Carter, Jim Jones Jr.. Docuseries looking back on the Jonestown Massacre on the 40th anniversary. They got up in the audience and they said they disagreed with him. Creig Turner Chuck Wilmore, Childhood Friend: From the time I was five years old, I thought Jimmy was a really weird kid, there was something not quite right. With Vernon Gosney, Leslie Wagner-Wilson, Tim Carter, Jim Jones Jr.. Docuseries looking back on the Jonestown Massacre on the 40th anniversary. He was on one phone and I was on — taping the other end of it, while somebody else listened on another one. He understood how it was to be treated differently. 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. There’s only one hope of glory…That’s within you! Cydney Hill, SFSU Stephen Sung, Sound Technician: We drove back to the airstrip, Port Kaituma. Tim Carter, Peoples Temple Member: We were just [expletive] slaughtered. But this familiar format also emphasizes the movie's universality. They wanted them to feel that there was an outside world — that Jones was wrong about telling people they could never leave the church, and that they would be treated badly in the real world. We came and there was this strange man in her house, and her husband wasn’t there. Claire Janaro, Peoples Temple Member: I would be up jumping in the balcony and clapping my hands. Laura Johnston Kohl, Peoples Temple Member: And often on Saturday night, we’d have planning commission meetings until 2 or 3 in the morning. But this is a loyalty test and you need to turn them in.”. My biggest problem was getting somebody to sort of talk to me about the Church in kind of conversational terms. They had crops growing. November 18th, 2018. Please, just let me catch my breath; let me figure out what’s happening here. Maurice G. Burnett, Indianapolis Star Reporter (archival): Some people have said they couldn’t leave if they wanted to. Woman (archival): Don’t you touch my kids! Let’s just dare in our faith. Composed by George M. Cohan Mike Touchette lost his mother, sister, brother, uncle, and grandfather. It was loud. Jim said, “Darlin’, you know, today is your day. We have different containers surrounding the place — we couldn’t go through all of the tremendous inventory they built up. Instead of a group that might give you twenty or thirty of these people — or a hundred — you had three or four hundred. What can I do about liars? So, in the middle of the night, all through the night, his voice was talking to you. And that’s it. I looked to my right and I saw my wife, with our son in her arms and poison being injected into his mouth. Having this vision to change the world, but having this whole undercurrent of dysfunction that was underneath that vision. 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. Everybody was thrilled that Ryan was thrilled. Mike Touchette, Peoples Temple member I was really shaking, but I didn’t move. My brothers used to go over to Jimmy’s house and hung around his barn, which was where he played. Fred Lewis came home and found that his wife had taken their seven children and gone to Guyana, along with all their possessions. 605 Adults 304 Children is an immersive and intimate short documentary filmed entirely by The Peoples Temple in Jonestown. In a new A&E documentary, Leslie Wagner-Wilson tells the story of how she survived the deadly Jonestown cult. Give us our liberty or give us our death. I think he’s gone crazy. Wherever there are people struggling for justice and righteousness, there I am.” Jackie Speier, Aide to Congressman Leo Ryan: On the night of the 17th, it was still a vibrant community. Hue Fortson Jr., Peoples Temple Member: Then they begin to say what her breasts looked like, her stomach, butt, vagina, you name it. 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. The message of Peoples Temple was, “No, the dream is alive.”. Tim Carter, Peoples Temple Member: The songs that we sang that night — it was people saying, “This is who we are and this is what we are about.”. He would have her to come up in the midst of one of his meetings, and she used to say, “The man got power. But if it’s so damned bad, why is he leaving his son here? Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel & Lisa Kuhn, Post Production “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 Jr., Peoples Temple Member: He had a real issue with separation. 17 November 2018 . Well, by this time the whole congregation’s running down these aisles with us — we’re all just running around the aisles, just hoopin’ and hollerin’ up a storm. On 18 November 1978, over 900 men, women and children lost their lives at Jonestown, a remote settlement established by the People's Temple in northern Guyana. A diverse group, the members of Peoples Temple shared a common goal: to create an egalitarian society free of problems of class and race. A conservative candidate and a liberal candidate, George Moscone. Glenn Fukushima Let all the story of this Peoples Temple be told.”. Video availability outside of United States varies. “It’s impossible to say exactly what went on that day,” says Nelson. You’re not taking my kids! Scott Kardel, Project Administration Bryan Kravitz, Peoples Temple Member: I decided not to go to Vietnam, and I was just at the point of what am I going to do with myself? They were there. 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