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The Feeling of Being Watched
A film by Assia Boundaoui
US, 2018, 87 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W191234

In the Arab-American neighborhood outside of Chicago where journalist and filmmaker Assia Boundaoui grew up, most of her neighbors think they have been under surveillance for over a decade. While investigating their experiences, Assia uncovers tens of thousands of pages of FBI documents that prove her hometown was the subject of one of the largest counter terrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S. before 9/11, code-named "Operation Vulgar Betrayal."

With unprecedented access, THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED weaves the personal and the political as it follows the filmmaker’s examination of why her community-including her own family-fell under blanket government surveillance. Assia struggles to disrupt the government secrecy shrouding what happened and takes the FBI to federal court to compel them to make the records they collected about her community public. In the process, she confronts long-hidden truths about the FBI’s relationship to her community.

THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED follows Assia as she pieces together this secret FBI operation, while grappling with the effects of a lifetime of surveillance on herself and her family.


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AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • Hot Docs
  • Blackstar Film Festival
  • Camden International Film Festival
  • Toronto Palestine Film Festival
  • GlobeDocs Film Festival
  • Woodstock Film Festival
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Milwaukee Film Festival
  • Regent Park Film Festival
  • Oxford Film Festival
  • Glasgow Film Festival
  • Beloit International Film Festival
  • Destiny City Film Festival
  • Women’s Film Festival

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QUOTES

    "[A] courageous, eye-opening documentary about the power of journalism… Both a thriller and an organizing tool."
    Film Comment

    "Boundaoui’s smart, unsettling documentary functions both as a real-world conspiracy thriller and a personal reflection on the psychological strain of being made to feel an outsider in one’s own home."
    Variety

    "This riveting film is at once a personal story, a journalistic thriller and an essay on the nature of paranoia."
    The New York Times

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