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The Feeling of Being Watched


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 those rumors, she uncovers tens of thousands of pages of FBI documents that prove her hometown was subject of one of the largest counter terrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S. before 9/11, code-named “Operation Vulgar Betrayal.”  The film follows Assia as she pieces together this secret FBI operation and confronts long-hidden truths about the FBI’s relationship to her community while grappling with the effects of a lifetime of surveillance on herself and her family.

Director: Assia Boundaoui
Producer: Jessica Devaney
Language: English with Arabic subtitles
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min

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