Assia Boundaoui

Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American investigative journalist and filmmaker. She has reported internationally for PRI, BBC, AlJazeera, VICE and CNN among others. Her debut short film set in a Muslim women’s beauty salon in Chicago for the HBO Documentary Films “LENNY” series, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Her award-winning feature-length debut The Feeling of Being Watched, a documentary investigating a decade of FBI surveillance in Assia's community, had its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, was nationally broadcast on PBS “POV” and was awarded the jury prize for Best Documentary at the Woodstock Film Festival. Assia was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 2018 "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” was honored with a Livingston Award in 2021 and a United States Artist Award in 2022. She was most recently a fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab where she incubated a community co-created, new-media installation: the Inverse Surveillance Project. Assia earned a Masters degree in journalism at New York University and is based in Chicago.


The Feeling of Being Watched

Program Affiliations

Documentary Lab
FRONTLINE/Firelight Fellowship
Spark Fund

Cohort Years

2016-2017 (Documentary Lab)
2021 (FRONTLINE/Firelight Investigative Journalism Fellowship)
2022 (Spark Fund)




Documentary Lab
FRONTLINE/Firelight Fellowship
Spark Fund

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