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Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle

Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle

  • Premiered: 
    November 17, 2018
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  • Network: Sundance
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2017 book (The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple) by Jeff Guinn 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, JONESTOWN: TERROR IN THE JUNGLE is a two-night, four-hour special event that paints a picture of Jim Jones' transformation from charismatic preacher and champion of civil rights into egomaniacal demagogue who led the biggest mass suicide in American history. Based on the best-selling book by investigative journalist Jeff Guinn, this program airs in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre that claimed the lives of more than 900 people. Featuring archival footage -- including secret FBI and CIA recordings, unreleased photographs and previously classified documents -- this two-night special examines the full story of what transpired in the remote South American jungle and answers the questions: how? And why? The definitive account also includes new interviews with survivors and Jones's family members.

On Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 9-11pm ET/PT, SundanceTV premiered the final two hours of JONESTOWN: TERROR IN THE JUNGLE. A congressman travels to Jonestown and Temple members plan their escape; meanwhile, Jim Jones orchestrates a mass murder-suicide. Survivors try to move on.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Appian Way
  • Produced by Stephen David Entertainment