Jonestown in the Media

It didn’t take long¬†after the news of the tragedy at Jonestown became known to the public for the media to begin producing dramatizations of the events for public consumption. The earliest books and movies had a dramatic effect of solidifying the narrative of what happened and who was to blame. Within weeks Marshall Kilduff and Ron Javers, authors of the New West Review investigation from 1977, published Suicide Cult: The Inside Story of the Peoples Temple Sect and the Massacre in Guyana and Charles Krause, reporter for the Washington Post who had been investigating the community in Guyana, wrote Guyana Massacre: The Eyewitness Account. ¬†Below are some student reviews of the most explosive, accessible media accounts of Jonestown


Dramatizations

Guyana: Cult of the Damned (1979)

Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)

The Sacrament (2013)


Documentaries

Jonestown: The Final Report (2006)