Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980) DVD9
The true story of cult leader Jim Jones and the events surrounding the mass suicide of his followers.

In November 1978, over 900 people committed suicide in a settlement cut out of the Guyanese jungle on the northern coast of South America.

It was revealed that the deceased, more than a quarter of whom were children, belonged to a religious sect called the People's Temple. This sect was headed by the charismatic Reverend James Warren Jones. Jim Jones was an ordained minister of an established Christian church in Indiana who, disenchanted with that church, formed his own congregation.

Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones is a made-for-TV film screened in two parts. The film sets out to tell the life story of Jones and the events leading up to the tragedy. Part One starts with Jones' childhood.
We see his childhood where he is raised by his mother and his racist father who assumingly was a member of the KKK. His biggest influence was his nanny who taught him the word of God. which became his escape from the horrors of daily life. He started to dedicate his future to serve God and his ultimate goal was to become a reverend. When he was fired from his church for accepting black people into his congregation he started his own church – The People’s Temple. Everything went well at the start and the work and mission of the church was quite commendable.
The more people who join him, the more we see him believing his own hype and it doesn’t take long before he starts to abuse his power.
The second part deals with the investigation by Congressman Leo Ryan (Ned Beatty) and the personal stories of several of Jones' disciples, leading up to the tragedy.

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 03:09:17 | 7.65 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
Subtitles: Nederlands
Genre: Biography, Drama

Director: William A. Graham
Cast: Powers Boothe, Ned Beatty, Irene Cara, Veronica Cartwright, Brad Dourif, Meg Foster, Michael C. Gwynne
Country: USA

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