The Feeling of Being Watched
US | 2018 | 87 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 191234
An Arab American filmmaker uncovers the story of her community’s surveillance by the FBI long before 9/11.
This film is currently available for booking for exhibition only. All purchases – digital or physical – will be put on pre-order and available, June, 2019
"[A] courageous, eye-opening documentary about the power of journalism… Both a thriller and an organizing tool."
"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."
"This riveting film is at once a personal story, a journalistic thriller and an essay on the nature of paranoia."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Spotlight Award, Freep Film Festival
- Chicago International Film Festival
- Camden International Film Festival
- Woodstock Film Festival
- Hot Docs
- Beloit International Film Festival
- Milwaukee Film Festival
- Tribeca Film Festival
- Glasgow Film Festival
- Blackstar Film Festival
- Toronto Palestine Film Festival
- GlobeDocs Film Festival
- Regent Park Film Festival
- Oxford Film Festival
- Destiny City Film Festival
- Women’s Film Festival
Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker based in Chicago. She has reported for BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, VICE, and CNN and was the recipient of a first place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting in Yemen. She directed a short film on hijabi hair salons for the HBO LENNY docu-series, which premiered as an official selection of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Assia has a Masters degree in journalism from New York University and is fluent in Arabic. THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED is her feature directorial debut. (03/19)