Following the 11/15 Screening of her groundbreaking film "The Feeling of Being Watched" at the Arab American National Museum, Director Assia Boundaoui will be present for an intimate discussion hosted at the museum's Annex space. The discussion will be moderated by Ava Ansari, and will center around the making of the film by an all female crew, and it's effectiveness in "reaching distanced audiences". A Q&A will follow. Coffee and light fare will be provided.
Space is limited. There is a small suggested donation but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please RSVP through Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salon-discussion-with-filmmaker-assia-boundaoui-tickets-52159970877
This event is sponsored by Final Girls in partnership with Cinema Lamont and The Arab American National Museum.
About the Filmmaker: ASSIA BOUNDAOUI is an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker based in Chicago. She has reported for the BBC, NPR, PRI, Al Jazeera, VICE, and CNN. Her debut short film about hijabi hair salons for the HBO LENNY documentary series premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Her feature length 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. She is currently a fellow with the Co-Creation Studio at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where she is iterating her most recent work, the Inverse Surveillance Project. Assia has a Masters degree in journalism from New York University and is fluent in Arabic.
About the Host: AVA ANSARI
Multimedia poet, performer, and space-maker. founder of Poetic Societies, a curatorial agency for tracing everyday poetics; creating cross-cultural memories; and cultivating empathy among distanced communities. Member of Final Girls.
About Final Girls:
Final Girls is a collective of women who are professional filmmakers living and working in Metro Detroit. We share resources, host workshops, film screenings and networking events and hold a monthly meeting for our members where we check in with one another and discuss a topic relevant to our experience as women in the industry. Though we represent filmmaking in a wide array of genres, our name is derived from a horror film trope coined by film theorist Carol J. Clover in her 1992 book Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film.