Sunday, March 14, 2021  |  6 pm

Indie Lens Pop-Up: Coded Bias

We’re excited to partner with ITVS, Indie Lens Pop-Up, and our local PBS station KLRN to host a FREE Online Virtual Screening of Coded Bias on March 14, 2021 at 6 pm.

Coded Bias
Approximate Running Time: 60 mins

When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces or the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence (AI) is not neutral. From facial scanning used for policing and surveillance to automated HR systems that mirror and magnify workplace prejudices, these technologies are created with fundamentally biased building blocks. Emboldened by these troubling discoveries, Buolamwini joins a group of pioneering women to shed a light on the underlying biases in the technology that shapes our lives and threatens our democracy.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Shalini Kantayya

Director and producer Shalini Kantayya’s feature documentary, Coded Bias, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The film was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Science Documentary. Coded Bias will broadcast on Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens in March 2021. She directed the season finale episode of the National Geographic television series Breakthrough (Ron Howard, executive producer), a series profiling trailblazing scientists transforming the future, broadcast globally in 2017. Her debut feature film, Catching the Sun (Leonardo DiCaprio, executive producer), 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 was released globally on Netflix on Earth Day 2016 and was nominated for the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary.

Coded Bias premieres on Independent Lens Monday, March 22, 2021, 10:00-11:30 PM ET, tune in or stream on KLRN or your local PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App.

The History of White People in America
Approximate Running Time: 5 mins 1 sec

In the decades after Bacon’s Rebellion, an African man and an English woman – husband and wife – sing of their fate, their future as law by law, edict by edict, their family, their marriage, their love made illegal.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
World Channel

WORLD Channel’s mission is to inform and inspire with real stories from around the world. In the stories we present, it’s about more than just the issues, it’s also about the human experience…the journeys we are all living.


This cleareyed documentary explores how machine-learning algorithms can perpetuate society’s existing class-, race- and gender-based inequities.

The New York Times

wake up call and riveting

The Hollywood Reporter

#CodedBias exemplifies the power of free will, which includes our right to learn about something, and the right to shut it down.

Roger Ebert