(Stanley Nelson, 2006).
The story of Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple is both the death rattle of ‘60s utopianism and—predicated on the desire to found a New Jerusalem in the wilderness—a very American saga. Stanley Nelson’s documentary is assembled from home movies, interviews, and the cult’s own documentation—including the final tapes of Jones exhorting his followers to suicide. There is no other way to represent Jonestown’s denouement.
The spectacle of a thousand dead bodies, many children, huddled together in a jungle clearing, trumps the horror of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
Fri., July 4, 7:40 p.m.; Mon., July 7, 4:30 p.m., 2008