The Feeling of Being Watched
$12 General Admission
** Filmmaker in attendance on Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th! **
- Q&A hosted by NWFF to follow 8pm screening on May 17th
- Panel discussion hosted by CAIR-WA to follow 2pm screening on May 18th
- Introduction prior to 4pm screening on May 18th
* Co-presented by CAIR-WA! *
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.”
The Feeling of Being Watched weaves the personal and the political as it follows the filmmaker’s examination of why her community—including her own family—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 community.
The Feeling of Being Watched follows Assia as she pieces together this secret FBI operation, while grappling with the effects of a lifetime of surveillance on herself and her family.
The following short precedes each screening:
THIS BEING HUMAN | إنسانية
(dir. Aimie Vallat & Guido Ronge)
A modern hero’s journey; a child of war runs the race of his life, for days cross-country, and knocks on the door of refuge. Supplicating for entrance, and turned away twice in Turkey, Hameed is finally granted United Nations-guaranteed safe passage, to the USA — a solo journey, leaving his home for refuge, hope and dreams. He lands in Seattle where, after eight years of no education in Iraq, he gains speed with access to resources and the classroom. It seems insurmountable, he’s dedicated and learns a third language, he encounters adversity and challenge, a foster family steps forward, and he accelerates towards higher education and loftier altruistic dreams…
This being survival. This being resilience.
This being immigrant. This being free.
This being our American Dream.
THIS BEING HUMAN
Read more about the film at thisbeinghumanfilm.com
** Director Aimie Vallat will join the CAIR-WA-hosted panel discussion on May 18th at 2pm **