Reel Palestine partners with Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, an independent non-profit art foundation for historical, modern and contemporary cultural productions from Palestine and beyond, located in Beirut, Lebanon, for a series of pop up screenings for 2019.
The Feeling of Being Watched
Dir: Assia Boundaoui
Documentary|English without subtitles|2018 | 87'
19 March 2019, 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Location: Dar El Nimer , Auditorium, Second floor
In the Arab-American neighborhood outside of Chicago where director 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.” With unprecedented access, 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 with 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.
Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker based in Chicago. She has reported for BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, VICE, and CNN and was the recipient of a first-place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting in Yemen. She directed a short film on hijabi hair salons for the HBO LENNY docu-series, which premiered as an official selection of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Assia has a Masters degree in journalism from New York University and is fluent in Arabic. The Feeling of Being Watched is her feature directorial debut.
This film is screened in the framework of the Reel Palestine Pop-Up, co-presented by Dar El-Nimer.
Admission is free and seating is a first come first serve basis.
*Full programme will be announced soon.
About Dar El- Nimer:
Located in the heart of Beirut, Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture is an independent non-profit art foundation for historical, modern and contemporary cultural productions from Palestine and beyond. Dar El-Nimer promotes deep cultural, historical and intellectual awareness by hosting productions by artists, curators, writers, historians, performers and filmmakers, whose works engage with the challenging social realities and political currents shaping the region. Dar El-Nimer is also responsible for the El-Nimer Collection, the founder’s private art collection
Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture
America Street, Clemenceau
113-6412 Beirut, Lebanon
About Reel Palestine
Reel Palestine is an annual film festival showing a selection of independent and alternative Palestinian films in the United Arab Emirates.. The not-for-profit and volunteer-based organization was set up by group of friends in Dubai in 2014 and launched its first pop-up festival in January 2015 with the purpose of showing Palestinian culture and tenacity through film, submerging viewers in the beautiful, difficult, emotional, and inspirational moments that occur under occupation.
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