Alum Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya’s Newest Documentary “Coded Bias” Airs on PBS

Hampshire College alum Shalini Kantayya’s newest documentary, Coded Bias, premiered on PBS on March 22. The film was first shown at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and explores the ways biases and discrimination exist within the algorithms and data that drive our increasingly technological world.

Kantayya and Coded Bias received an Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award from the Hamptons International Film Festival and an award for Best International Documentary from the Calgary International Film Festival. The film was also nominated for the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize and the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Science Documentary.

Kantayya’s debut feature, Catching the Sun, premiered at the Las Angeles Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. The film, about the growth of the solar power industry, aired on Netflix in 2016.

Description of Coded Bias From PBS:

In an increasingly data-driven, automated world, the question of how to protect individuals’ civil liberties in the face of artificial intelligence looms larger by the day. Coded Bias follows M.I.T. Media Lab computer scientist Joy Buolamwini, along with data scientists, mathematicians, and watchdog groups from all over the world, as they fight to expose the discrimination within algorithms now prevalent across all spheres of daily life.

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