(Stanley Nelson, 2006).
The story of Jim Jones Peoples Temple is both the death rattle of 60s utopianism andpredicated on the desire to found a New Jerusalem in the wildernessa very American saga. Stanley Nelson's documentary is assembled from home movies, interviews, and the cults own documentationincluding the final tapes of Jones exhorting his followers to suicide. There is no other way to represent Jonestowns denouement.
The spectacle of a thousand dead bodies, many children, huddled together in a jungle clearing, trumps the horror of Conrads Heart of Darkness.
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