The Feeling of Being Watched

Assia Boundaoui

United States 2018, 87 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: English, Arabic

Subtitles: English

Dutch premiere

While journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates the rumours about surveillance in her Arab district in Chicago, she discovers a huge, long-term counterterrorism investigation by the FBI. The deeper she digs, the more she discovers about the eerie ‘Operation Vulgar Betrayal’ and its far-reaching impact on the lives of her family and neighbours.

Synopsis

Although Assia Boundaoui has Algerian roots, she grew up in an Arab district in Chicago. As long as she can remember, she always felt as if she was living under a microscope. Her family members and friends also know what it is like to be watched. As a journalist, Assia considers it her duty to find out where this feeling comes from. She interviews family members and neighbours and dives deep into the archives. And as it turns out... the FBI has been conducting investigations in the Arab district since the 1990s under the name Operation Vulgar Betrayal, searching for possible ties to terrorist organisations. However, it becomes apparent that there was never a shred of evidence for ties to jihadism or Islamic extremism.

In this remarkable documentary, the filmmaker – sometimes plagued by fear, but mainly driven by anger – takes on the FBI with courage and determination, eventually even managing to drag them to court.

The Feeling of Being Watched has been selected for the Activist competition and will be screened at Movies that Matter Festival 2019 (22-30 March, The Hague).

Official website: http://www.feelingofbeingwatched.com

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Talkshows & debates

The Feeling of Being Watched: Q&A with activist and director Assia Boundaoui

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 19:15

After the screening journalist Sophie Derkzen talks with activist and director Assia Boundaoui about her film and the impact of surveillance on her community.

The Feeling of Being Watched: Wordt Vervolgd presents:Q&A with activist and director Assia Boundaoui

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 13:45

Journalist Bart de Koning talks with activist and director Assia Boundaoui and Lotte Houwing about the impact of surveillance on her community, discrimination and government transparency.

The Feeling of Being Watched: Q&A with activist and director Assia Boundaoui

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 16:30

Former politician Lousewies van der Laan speaks with activist and director Assia Boundaoui about surveillance, privacy and government transparency.

The Feeling of Being Watched: Introduction by Ibtissam Abaaziz

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 15:00

Before the screening Ibtissam Abaaziz (Stichting Meld Islamofobie) will give a brief introduction.

The Feeling of Being Watched: Q&A with activist and director Assia Boundaoui

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 15:00

Dionne Abdoelhafiezkhan (IZI Solutions) speaks with activist and director Assia Boundaoui about discrimination, profiling, surveillance and government transparency.

The Feeling of Being Watched: Q&A with director and activist Assia Boundaoui and jurymembers of the

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 21:00

Students' Choice jury members Rosanne Schot and Aju Shrestha talk with director and activist Assia Boundaoui about her struggle with the FBI