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.
“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.”