THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED
2018, 86 min, USA, Dir: Assia Boundaoui

Residents of Assia Boundaoui’s entire neighborhood outside of Chicago have felt under government surveillance for more than a decade. Returning home and recounting memories of her childhood suspicions, she visits her neighbors one by one, and their personal accounts begin to pile up. Assia decides it’s time to set up her own investigation. Her inquiries soon yield tens of thousands of FBI documents proving that her Arab-American hometown was indeed the subject of one of the largest counterterrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S. pre-9/11. Creatively weaving the personal and political, this award-winning documentary is Assia’s story, as she grapples with the enduring impact government surveillance has had on her country, her community and her own sense of identity.