CODED BIAS Feature Films


Following the film, watch a recorded discussion with director Shalini Kantayya.

While working on a project, MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers issues with facial recognition programs. Investigating deeper into algorithms and the data in artificial intelligence, she discovers the large gender and racial bias in software created by tech companies. But her findings are only the beginning to much more disturbing revelations. As many of these AI technologies creep into our everyday systems, everything from college application screenings to the type of medical treatment one receives is affected.

Researcher turned advocate, Joy leads a team of women to raise awareness and push for legislative protection. With personal stories of prejudice and those fighting against it, CODED BIAS sharply reveals the urgent threats to privacy, civil rights and democracy that are not in the daily headlines.
–Sarah Harris

Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya’s CODED BIAS premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She directed for the National Geographic television series BREAKTHROUGH, executive produced by Ron Howard and broadcast worldwide in June 2017. Her debut film, CATCHING THE SUN, premiered at the LA Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. CATCHING THE SUN was released 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 an Associate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Shalini Kantayya
7th Empire Media


Countries: USA, UK, China, South Africa

Year: 2020

Director: Shalini Kantayya

Producer: Shalini Kantayya

Director of Photography: Steve Acevedo

Editors: Alexandra Gilwit, Zachary Ludescher, Shalini Kantayya

Music: Katya Mihailoa

Featuring: Joy Buolamwini, Cathy O'Neil, Zeynep Tufecki, Meredith Broussard, Safiya Noble, Virginia Eubanks, Amy Webb

Running Time (minutes): 83 MIN

Language: English