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Coded Bias

Directed by Shalini Kantayya

USA | Documentary | 86

This is a free community screening and part of the Sloan Science on Screen program; RSVP is required. Registrants will have access to view this film for a limited time and views must be completed within 24 hours of starting. The live Q&A will take place on this page, and a video recording will be posted here shortly afterward. Visit our FAQ for more info.


Film Available to Stream

Thu, Dec 3 at 12:01 am – Sun, Dec 6 at 11:59 pm PST

Live Q&A

Sat, Dec 5 at 6:00 pm PST

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Director Shalini Kantayya and the guest panelists and moderator listed below are expected for the live Q&A on Saturday, December 5 at 6:00 pm PST.


This revelatory documentary exposes the ways that AI systems have developed algorithms that can infringe on our privacy and threaten civil rights. From facial recognition software that finds it difficult to distinguish the faces of women and people of color to HR systems that reject applicants with “ethnic” or female names, the impact of these technologies cannot be underestimated. Featuring several women tackling algorithmic bias, the film reveals the unchecked power that is being wielded from the data collected from every keystroke and phone call we make.

“A new documentary by director Shalini Kantayya, Coded Bias aims to dig deeper in how racial bias in facial recognition technology is a much bigger problem than it may seem. Using a diverse set of interviews and examples on how facial recognition software and sorting algorithms are a danger to society, the documentary provides a major case for why legal intervention is pivotal in creating an equal environment for all.” —Julia Sachs, GritDaily

This event is part of the Sloan Science on Screen program, launched by SFFILM in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation — the nation’s leading philanthropic grantor for science and the arts — to enhance public understanding of science through the language of film. SFFILM’s Sloan Science in Cinema initiative includes four interconnected programs — fellowships, screenwriting workshops, awards, and exhibition opportunities — that elevate filmmakers who tackle scientific or technological themes. Both the Sloan Foundation and SFFILM believe that filmmakers have the power to immerse audiences in the challenges and rewards of scientific discovery while illuminating the intersections between science, technology, and our daily lives.

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Director Shalini Kantayya

Shalini Kantayya is a Fulbright Scholar, TED Fellow, Sundance Documentary Film Fellow, and finalist for the ABC Disney/DGA Directing Program. As a contestant on On the Lot (2007), a Steven Spielberg reality TV series seeking to find the next great film director, she finished in the top ten. She made her feature debut with the documentary Catching the Sun (2015).

Moderator Nathan 'nash' Sheard

nash leads EFF’s grassroots, student, and community organizing efforts. As the lead coordinator of the Electronic Frontier Alliance, nash works to support the Alliance’s member organizations in educating their neighbors on digital-privacy best practices, and advocating for privacy and innovation protecting policy and legislation.

Panelist Lili Gangas

Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer at the Kapor Center working to create new and more inclusive tech innovation ecosystems regionally and nationally. Her work is centered at the intersection of technology, economic justice, and action-driven partnerships.

Panelist Isis Miller

Isis Miller (They/Them) is the Community and Events Manager for Black Girls CODE. They are also a writer, culturist, event specialist and consultant, and public speaker. They have over 10 years experience working with top global brands like WeWork, Soho House, Pandora, Pinterest, Netflix, and more to create unique and meaningful experiences and raise brand awareness. They have been a keynote speaker for global tech conferences, sharing their insights on diversity and inclusion and building and shaping community in tech. They are passionate about social justice, creating community, and equity in STEM education. They are also a proud nerd, book collector, trekkie, and mother to one dog and 23 plants.

Panelist Jade Magnus Ogunnaike

Jade Magnus Ogunnaike is the Senior Director of the Media, Culture, and Economic Justice team at Color of Change. Initially starting as a Campaign Manager at COC, she has created and won key campaigns and victories at the organization, including #BlackWomensBrunch, a field event bringing together thousands of Black women across the country; and #DropRKelly, the three-year long campaign to get R. Kelly dropped from RCA Records.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 86

Country USA/China/UK

Director Shalini Kantayya

Producer Shalini Kantayya

Editor Alexandra Gilwit, Zachary Ludescher, Shalini Kantayya

Cinematographer Steve Acevedo

Music Katya Mihailova