Assia Boundaoui

Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow

Assia Boundaoui, Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow, is iterating her most recent hybrid work combining community storytelling, visual arts, and artificial intelligence: the Inverse Surveillance Project. An Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker based in Chicago, Boundaoui's work has been featured on BBC, NPR, PRI, Al Jazeera, VICE, CNN and HBO. Her feature-length debut film, The Feeling of Being Watched, a documentary investigating a decade of FBI surveillance in Boundaoui's Muslim-American community, had its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Her work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the International Documentary Association, San Francisco Film Society, and the Co-Creation Studio at the MIT Open Documentary Lab. Boundaoui has a master of arts in journalism from New York University and is fluent in Arabic.