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VIEWPOINTS

THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 86 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED
“The grey area between paranoia and the truth is a dangerous place,” says filmmaker Assia Boundaoui at the outset of The Feeling of Being Watched. Boundaoui hails from a predominantly Arab-American enclave of Bridgeview, Illinois, just south of Chicago, where rumors of F.B.I. surveillance circulated throughout the ’90s and early ’00s. A public radio journalist by day, Boundaoui sets out to uncover why her family and neighbors were targeted and whether that scrutiny was justified; in the process, she discovers the wide-reaching effects of constant surveillance on the community’s relationships with law enforcement and with each other.

Fueled by interviews with community members, a dogged pursuit of F.O.I.A. requests, and even Foucauldian theories, The Feeling of Being Watched is an eye-opening look at the perils of xenophobia and prejudice. Despite her own mounting fears as she closes in on the truth of the surveillance program, Boundaoui uses her documentary to boldly take on the F.B.I. and to tirelessly confront racial and religious profiling. “The opposite of surveillance is a two-way gaze,” she says. “It’s about making sure the systems of power also feel watched.”

—Matt Barone
Documentary, Female Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Tribeca Film Institute Alumni
About the Director(s)
Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker based between Chicago and New York who has reported for the BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, Vice, and CNN. Her debut short, a film about hijabi hair salons for the HBO Lenny documentary series, premiered at Sundance in 2018. Boundaoui received a masters in journalism from New York University in 2011.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    86 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Assia Boundaoui
  • Producer:
    Jessica Devaney, Assia Boundaoui
  • Screenwriter:
    Assia Boundaoui
  • Cinematographer:
    Shuling Yong
  • Editor:
    Rabab Haj Yahya
  • Composer:
    Angelica Negron
  • Executive Producers:
    Daniel Chalfen, Jim Butterworth, Jenny Raskin, Dan Cogan, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Ruth Ann Harnisch, Bill Harnisch, Jay Sears, Deborah McLeod, Alexa Poletto, Michael D. Mann, Barry W. Rashkover, Vijay Dewan
  • Associate Producer:
    Sohib Boundaoui, Colleen Cassingham, Samar Rashid
  • Co-Executive Producer:
    Christina Abraham

Contacts
  • US Sales Contact
    John Sloss
    Cinetic Media
    Beverly Hills, CA 90211
    Phone: 323 870 7979
    john@cineticmedia.com
  • Press Contact
    Susan Norget
    Susan Norget Film Promotion
    New York, NY 10010/NY
    Phone: 212 431 0090
    susan@norget.com
  • International Sales Contact
    Vesna Cudic
    MetFilm Sales
    London, W5 5EP
    Phone: +44 20 8280 9117
    vesna@metfilm.co.uk
  • Print Source
    Jessica Devaney
    Multitude Films
    Brooklyn, NY 11226
    Phone: 561 373 4701
    jessica@multitudefilms.com

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