Assia Boundaoui

ASSIA BOUNDAOUI is an Algerian-American filmmaker and journalist. She has reported for PRI, BBC, AlJazeera, VICE and CNN among others. Her debut short film about hijabi hair salons for HBO Documentary Films premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Her award-winning feature-length directorial debut, THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED a documentary investigating a decade of FBI surveillance in Assia's Muslim-American community, had its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

Assia was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 2018 "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” and is 2019 New America Fellow and a fellow with the Co-Creation Studio at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where she is iterating a co-created AI fueled sequel to her film: the Inverse Surveillance Project. She has an M.A. in journalism from New York University and is an Algiers born, Arabic speaking, Chicago-native, currently based in southern California.


The Feeling of Being Watched

Program Affiliations

Documentary Lab
FRONTLINE/Firelight Investigative Journalism Fellowship

Cohort Years

2016-2017 (Documentary Lab)
2021 (FRONTLINE/Firelight Investigative Journalism Fellowship)


Social Media


Documentary Lab
FRONTLINE/Firelight Fellowship

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