Alia Malek, a journalist and former civil rights lawyer, is the author, most recently, of The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria (2017). She is also the author of A Country Called Amreeka: US History Re-Told Through Arab American Lives (2009) and the editor of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustices (2011) and EUROPA أوروپا : An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees (2016). (April 2018)

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A Gallery Grows in Brooklyn

Medium Tings gallery, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, 2018

“Medium Tings” is a new living-room gallery in Crown Heights: “medium” as a play on both art materials and on the size of artwork that can fit in a living room, and “tings” to pay reverence to the Caribbean roots long planted in the Brooklyn neighborhood, one in the throes of gentrification and its fallout.

The FBI’s ‘Vulgar Betrayal’ of Muslim Americans

A still showing Assia Boundaoui sharing FBI documents with her family, from Boundaoui’s The Feeling of Being Watched, 2018

What does it mean to raise a family or to grow up under constant surveillance? How does it affect a person’s quality of life? What does it do to the potential of an individual, a family, a neighborhood, and a society? Assia Boundaoui, who grew up in a predominantly Muslim community in Chicago, is now a journalist, and examines the effect of living under constant surveillance in her first documentary, The Feeling of Being Watched, which premiers today at the Tribeca Film Festival.