Film phase: Production
A filmmaker digs into tales of FBI surveillance inside her Arab-American neighborhood and discovers that her hometown was the subject of one of the largest terrorism investigations conducted before 9/11. The Feeling of Being Watched is a feature length documentary film that follows one filmmaker’s personal “POV” investigation into how her community fell under blanket government surveillance and asks, “Was it justified?”
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Assia Boundaoui (director, producer) is an award winning Algerian-American journalist based in Los Angeles. She’s produced stories for NPR, BBC, AlJazeera, Vice, HBO Documentary Films, and CNN Films, among other outlets, and was the recipient of a first place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Assia has a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University and is fluent in Arabic.