The Feeling of Being Watched (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Feeling of Being Watched (2018)



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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, 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 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.


Rabia Boundaoui
as Assia's Mother
Iman Boundaoui
as Assia's Sister
Nouha Boundaoui
as Assia's Sister
Sohib Boundaoui
as Assia's Brother
Christina Abraham
as Assia's Lawyer

Critic Reviews for The Feeling of Being Watched

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

A quietly unsettling first-person doc,The Feeling of Being Watched proceeds as a head-on exploration of the gray area between fear and certainty.

June 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Expanding its scope beyond Bridgeview and Islamophobia, it looks at the larger question of how the United States government has targeted minority groups throughout its history.

June 20, 2019 | Full Review…

This should be required viewing for all Americans, but especially those who think they couldn't possibly be living in a surveillance state.

June 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Equal parts angry and anxious, Boundaoui's smart, unsettling documentary functions both as a real-world conspiracy thriller and a personal reflection on the psychological strain of being made to feel an outsider in one's own home.

May 8, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Boundaoui's exposé of her own near-Sisyphean quest for justice is a searing snapshot of an ongoing battle with seemingly no end in sight.

April 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The [film] is like an introductory handbook peeling back the layers on our government's activities to show how they willfully complicate our methods of keeping them in check.

December 12, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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