As a member of The Peoples Temple, Leslie Wagner-Wilson knew that if she didn’t go to Jonestown, she would never see her son again. No Church In The Wild follows Leslie’s story in a gripping, engaging short docuseries, as she details her involvement in a cult that led to the death of over 900 people in 1978, most of whom were African American, that she helped recruit as a loyal servant.
Leslie Wagner-Wilson’s moving and harrowing 2009 memoir follows her life from her early years to her induction into Jim Jones’ People’s Temple at age 13 and harrowing escape with her young son at age 20 amid the November 18, 1978 massacre in Jonestown, Guyana. 70% of those that died were black people. To understand how Ms. Wagner-Wilson’s family and so many others were swept up in the promise of the People’s Temple, it’s important to examine the racial climate of the 20th century--specifically during the ‘60s and ‘70s in Northern California. Our mission is to tell Leslie Wagner-Wilson’s story--Slavery of Faith while honouring the 918 lives lost at Jonestown, Guyana. We want to take an intricate look into the People’s Temple and Jonestown as structures and an organization. However, it’s essential to decenter Jim Jones. Instead—we will focus on how people of color were intrigued by the People’s Temple, the climate of San Francisco California post-Civil Rights and how this story connects with our present-day political climate.
”“It’s easier to forget than to remember”By Leslie Wagner Wilson
”“My faith is what carried me through. My entire life has been moved by spirit: spirit of self, spirits of my ancestors, and spirits of my living family”By Leslie Wagner Wilson
”"Were the people of Jonestown given a choice? No, they were not."By Leslie Wagner Wilson
”"Their fates were held in the hands of an egotistical madman, whose inner circle had the opportunity to stop the madness.”By Leslie Wagner Wilson