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 counterterrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S. before 9/11. With unprecedented access, THE FEELING OF BEGING WATCHED weaves the personal and the political as it follows Boundaoui’s examination of why her community fell under blanket government surveillance while grappling with the effects of a lifetime of surveillance on herself and her family.
Guest: Director Assia Boundaoui
Moderator: Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Wednesday, October 10
Jessica Devaney, Assia Boundaoui