US/UK/China/South Africa | 2020 | 90 minutes | Color | DVD | English | Order No. W201259 |
When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software misidentifies women and darker-skinned faces, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms.
Centering on the voices of women leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected, Coded Bias asks two key questions: what is the impact of Artificial Intelligence’s increasing role in governing our liberties? And what are the consequences for people stuck in the crosshairs due to their race, color, and gender?
"Thought-provoking. ‘Coded Bias’ serves as both a wake-up call (to invasive practices the public doesn’t yet realize are being implemented) and a call to action."
"Terrifying. Coded Bias takes you to the front lines of the digital revolution."
"‘Coded Bias’ is an eye-opening and important film that calls attention to a movement of resistance led by badass female data scientists and grassroots organizations examining an important civil liberties matter."
"Digs into how these technologies addict us, extract data from us for profit or control, or inadvertently work against already marginalized people."
"A chilling plunge into Orwellian reality."
"A fascinating study of how even the seemingly impartial world of technology is subject to embedded racism and privilege."
"A sci-fi thriller dressed up a documentary's clothes, CODED BIAS is one of the most fascinating festival films in a lineup already filled with engrossing options."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Sundance Film Festival
- South by Southwest Film Festival
- SFFilm Festival
- Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
- Human Rights Watch Film Festival
- AFI DOCS
- Full Frame Documentary Festival
- Provincetown International Film Festival
- Blackstar Film Festival
- Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival
Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya’s feature documentary Coded Bias premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She directed the season finale episode for the National Geographic television series Breakthrough, a series profiling trailblazing scientists transforming the future. Executive Produced by Ron Howard, it was broadcast globally in June 2017. Her debut feature film Catching the Sun, about the race for a clean energy future, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. Catching the Sun released globally on Netflix on Earth Day 2016 with Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio, and was nominated for the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary.
Kantayya is a TED Fellow, a William J. Fulbright Scholar, and a finalist for the ABC Disney DGA Directing Program. She is an Associate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s On the Lot, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director. (10/20)
Director: Shalini Kantayya
Producer: Shalini Kantayya p.g.a.
Co-Producer: Sabine Hoffman
Director of Photography: Steve Acevedo
Editors: Alexandra Gilwit, Zachary Ludescher, Shalini Kantayya
Visual Effects: Zachary Ludescher, Alexandra Gilwit
Original Score: Katya Mihailova