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The Feeling of Being Watched

Celebrating Women in Film | BIFF 2019Directed by Assia Boundaoui
Documentary Feature
USA | 87 min | 2018

When journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood in Chicago, she uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community.

Assia Boundaoui, DirectorAssia Boundaoui

Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker based in Chicago. She has reported for the BBC, NPR, PRI, Al Jazeera, VICE, and CNN. Her debut short film about hijabi hair salons for the HBO LENNY documentary series premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Her feature length debut THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED, a documentary investigating a decade of FBI surveillance in Assia’s Muslim-American community, had its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. She is currently a fellow with the Co-Creation Studio at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where she is iterating her most recent work, the Inverse Surveillance Project. Assia has a Masters degree in journalism from New York University and is fluent in Arabic.

The Feeling Of Being Watched Movie Poster | Assia Boundaoui, Director

Film Information

Directors: Assia Boundaoui
Country: USA
Year: 2018
Language: English
Runtime: 87 min.
Rated: PG-13


Producers: Jessica Devaney, Assia Boundaoui
Executive Producer: Dan Cogan, Daniel Chalfen, Jenny Raskin
Editor: Rabab Haj Yahya
Cinematography: Shuling Yong

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