Coded Bias

United States, China, United Kingdom, South Africa
2020 — 87 min / Colour



Code for Bias is a feature documentary that follows the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that most facial recognition software does not see dark-skinned faces or women with accuracy, and begins to uncover other types of bias in the machine learning algorithms that impact us all. Through Joy’s transformation from scientist to tireless advocate to push for the first-ever federal legislation to govern this technology, Code for Bias sheds light on the impacts of AI on civil rights and democracy.

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Director Biography

Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya directed the season finale episode for the National Geographic television series Breakthrough, Executive Produced by Ron Howard, broadcast globally in June 2017. Her debut feature film Catching the Sun, 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.

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Shalini Kantayya


Shalini Kantayya


Steve Acevedo


Shalini Kantayya

Zachary Ludescher

Alex Gilwit

Screenings & Awards

Sundance, United States, 2020

Hot Docs, Canada, 2020

AFI Docs, United States, 2020

Full Frame DFF, United States, 2020

SXSW, United States, 2020

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