The Feeling of Being Watched

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm

co-presented with Women Make Movies + POV

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

The Film

Directed by Assia Boundaoui / 2018 / 82 min

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.

Winner: Camden International Film Festival 2018 Best Documentary Audience Award, Blackstar Film Festival 2018 Best Documentary Audience Award... Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2018, Hot Docs 2018...


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Please note that space is limited, and while RSVP is required, it does not guarantee admission. We advise that you arrive when doors open at 6:30pm. All RSVPs will be admitted first-come, first-served. No-shows will be released to those waiting at start time. Drinks and popcorn available. No admittance after 7:15pm.


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This event is part of the Fall 2019 season of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film.

This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series.

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