About the film

In the Arab-American neighborhood outside of Chicago where director Assia Boundaoui grew up, most of her neighbors think they have been under surveillance for more than a decade. Boundaoui investigates their experiences and uncovers tens of thousands of pages of FBI documents proving her hometown was the subject of one of the largest counterterrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S. before 9/11, code-named “Operation Vulgar Betrayal.” (The investigation was reopened after the 2001 terrorist attacks.) Timely and bracing, “The Feeling of Being Watched” is both a rigorous work of journalism and an intimate portrait of a community and family against a backdrop of paranoia and prejudice.


5:30 p.m. Sat., April 13
Marvin and Betty Danto
ure Hall at the DIA

Film credits

Year: 2018 
Run time: 1 hour, 27 minutes 
Director: Assia Boundaoui  
Illustrator: Molly Crabapple 
Producers: Assia Boundaoui, Jessica Devaney 
Director of Photography: Shuling Yong 
Editors: Rabab Haj Yahya 
Music By: Angelica Negron