Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Jan 14th at 7:15pm for Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple at the Kendall Square Cinema . Look for Sean wearing a nametag in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.
On November 18, 1978, over 900 members of Peoples Temple died in the largest mass suicide/murder in history. What drew so many people across racial and class lines to the Peoples Temple? And how could such a diverse group be convinced to commit suicide? Using never-before-seen archival footage and survivor interviews, director Stanley Nelson and writer Marcia Smith tell the story of the people who followed preacher Jim Jones from Indiana to California and finally to the remote jungles of Guyana, South America, in a misbegotten quest to build an ideal society and rid the world of injustice.