Film Detail

Mar 21, 2019

The Feeling of Being Watched & After/Life

Friday, March 22, 9:15pm, The Feeling of Being Watched & After/Life

The Broad Theater


A journalist investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood in Chicago and uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community. Documentary. Directed by Assia Boundaoui. 87 minutes.

*After/Life Director Puck Lo, The Feeling of Being Watched Co-Executive Producer Christina Abraham, and New Orleans Muslim community organizer Jenny Yanez present for post-screening discussion.

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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 filmmakers examination of why her community including her own family fell under blanket government surveillance. Documentary, Directed by Assia Boundaoui.

Join us for a post-screening discussion facilitated by Muslim community organizer Jenny Yanez and featuring journalist Puck Lo and The Feeling of Being Watched Associate Producer Christina Abraham.

The film will be preceded by the screening of short film After/Life – In an Arizona desert, a dystopic collective nightmare unfolds where US domestic and foreign policies collide. Experimental. Directed by Puck Lo. 15 minutes.