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Assia Boundaoui’s “The Feeling of Being Watched” to broadcast on PBS ‘POV’

Journalist and filmmaker Assia Boundaoui’s 2018 documentary The Feeling of Being Watched will have its national broadcast debut Oct. 14 on ‘POV,’ the documentary strand from American pubcaster PBS. The film follows Boundaoui’s examination of ...
October 10, 2019

Journalist and filmmaker Assia Boundaoui’s 2018 documentary The Feeling of Being Watched will have its national broadcast debut Oct. 14 on ‘POV,’ the documentary strand from American pubcaster PBS.

The film follows Boundaoui’s examination of why her Muslim American neighborhood, located outside of Chicago, fell under blanket government surveillance.

While investigating the community’s experiences, Boundaoui uncovers FBI documents that prove her hometown was the subject of one of the largest counterterrorism investigations conducted in the U.S. before 9/11, code-named “Operation Vulgar Betrayal.”

The Feeling of Being Watched sees Boundaoui piece together the FBI operation while grappling with the effects of a lifetime of surveillance on herself and her family.

“I hope that this film will herald a cultural shift in public awareness on issues of government surveillance and national security and contribute meaningfully to ending U.S. government policies that allow the unwarranted profiling of communities of color in America,” the director said in a statement.

Boundaoui and Jessica Devaney, a Brookyln-based producer and founder of Multitude Films, serve as producers. Justine Nagan and Christopher White are executive producers for ‘POV.’

The Feeling of Being Watched gives us rare investigative insight into the way federal agencies are undermining the civil liberties of minority groups,” Nagan said in a statement. “Using her and her family’s personal accounts of being surveilled, Boundaoui draws chilling connections with other marginalized communities that have or continue to be unjustly scrutinized by the government.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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