Enterprise Documentary Fund Grantee

The Feeling of Being Watched

Assia Boundaoui
Assia Boundaoui, Jessica Devaney

When a filmmaker investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood in Chicago, she uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community.

Assia Boundaoui, Director/Producer

ASSIA BOUNDAOUI (Director/Producer) is an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker based in Chicago. She has reported for the BBC, NPR, AlJazeera, VICE, CNN and was the recipient of a first place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Assia has worked in an editorial capacity on the production of a number of documentary films, including HBO Documentary Films’ Manhunt (2013) which was awarded an Emmy. Assia has a Masters degree in journalism from New York University and is fluent in Arabic. The Feeling of Being Watched is her directorial debut.

Jessica Devaney, Producer

JESSICA DEVANEY (Producer) is a Brooklyn-based producer and communications strategist. Her past films include Speed Sisters (Hot Docs, 2015) following a team of Palestinian women race car drivers; the Peabody Award winning short My Neighbourhood (Tribeca, 2012) on Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem, its companion web series Home Front (2011), and Ridenhour Documentary Prize and PUMA Impact Award winning Budrus (Berlin, Tribeca, 2010). Jessica’s directorial debut short, Love The Sinner (Tribeca, 2017) explores the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Her forthcoming films include Roll Red Roll, The Rashomon Effect, and The Feeling Of Being Watched. Jessica has an M.A. in religion from Wake Forest University and researched gender and nationalism in the Middle East at Georgetown’s Graduate School of Foreign Service in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. She is a founder of the Queer Producers Collective and was a 2016 Women at Sundance Fellow.