In 1978, more than 900 cult members drank cyanide-spiked Kool-Aid at the behest of their leader, Jim Jones. Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple chronicles the events that led to the largest mass suicide in modern history. This incisive documentary compiles lots of previously unseen footage, interviews with survivors, and vintage newsreel clips -- from Jones’ early days preaching in the Midwest to his final words to his dying flock in Guyana, South America. Along the way, childhood friends, former Peoples Temple followers, and Jones’ adopted son weigh in on the tragedy. Most claim that Jones was a pill-popping, teen-raping, bi-curious paranoid. None, however, foresaw the “slaughter,” as one survivor puts it. It’s harrowing, depressing, and thoroughly fascinating.
Fri., Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 28, 9:30 p.m.

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