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Inverse Surveillance Project

Grant Type: Initiative

Duration: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Organization Overview:

The Inverse Surveillance Project is the community impact campaign for the award-winning film, The Feeling of Being Watched. Using free screenings, participatory storytelling, town-hall gatherings and FOIA trainings in American-Muslim communities, the Inverse Surveillance Project is creating a space to build power, seek truth and heal.


The Inverse Surveillance Project takes its name from the concept of citizen under-sight, an action undertaken by the subjects of surveillance, of the systems of surveillance. It is the impact campaign for The Feeling of Being Watched, a first-person investigative documentary in which journalist Assia Boundaoui uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11, code-named Operation Vulgar Betrayal, that targeted her Arab and Muslim-American neighborhood in Chicago. Building on the vital truth captured in the film about America’s national security state and how it impacts those targeted, the campaign is building power and mobilizing communities to actively engage in local anti-surveillance organizing. The Inverse Surveillance Project is using screenings, participatory storytelling, community town hall gatherings, public art interventions, FOIA trainings and crypto-workshops in key American Muslim communities across the country and digitally online, to create a space for communities traumatized by surveillance to build power, seek truth and heal.

Year founded: 2002

Location: Bridgeview, IL

Website: http://www.feelingofbeingwatched.com/impact