Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American journalist, documentary filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles. She has reported from the Middle-East, Africa and Europe on international affairs, art and technology. Her work has appeared on Aljazeera, NPR, BBC and CNN among other outlets. She worked as a producer on the HBO film MANHUNT, which was awarded the 2013 Emmy for best documentary. She is currently directing her first feature length documentary on surveillance in America today. Assia has a Masters degree in journalism from New York University and a B.A. in Political Science and Islamic World Studies from DePaul University.
Not too long ago, Algeria fought a traumatizing civil war between the country's military and Islamist militias, now commonly called the "Black Decade." Today, a younger generation of Algerians is trying to reconcile the country's trauma through art, but the government has a policy of overlooking it.
In the white-washed buildings of Algiers, a creative community is flourishing — no thanks to the government. Algerian authorities spend hundreds of millions of dollars to promote culture, but keep a tight rein on what kind of culture is supported. Despite this, the country has seen a slow emergence of an independent contemporary art scene.
Algerians who are interested in their current election — and there aren't many, really — were greeted with a surreal scene of their little seen president being wheeled into a voting booth to cast a ballot for his own re-election. Slowly, Algerians are trying to bring change to a country that's been ruled by the same many for almost 15 years.
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