The Feeling of Being Watched - Special Screening
Date(s) - 05/01/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
The Center for Constitutional Rights Freedom Flicks series and BAM and Amazon Studios’ Reel Impact series are partnering on a special screening of The Feeling of Being Watched. Following the film, Center for Constitutional Rights Senior Staff Attorney Omar Farah will join filmmaker Assia Boundaoui and writer and activist Darnell Moore in conversation.
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.
The Feeling of Being Watched weaves the personal and the political as it follows the filmmaker’s examination of why her community fell under blanket government surveillance. Assia struggles to disrupt the government secrecy shrouding what happened and takes the FBI to federal court to compel them to make the records they collected about her community public. In the process, she confronts long-hidden truths about the FBI’s relationship to her own community, grappling with the new knowledge of a lifetime of surveillance on herself and her family.