Coded Bias: Live Q&A

16sep8:30 pm9:15 pmCoded Bias: Live Q&A8:30 pm - 9:15 pm OrganiserTake One ActionEvent TypeCultural, Arts & Social,Webinar & Talks

Event Details

Coded Bias – Film Screening & Live Q&A

Showing online: Wed 16 September – Sun 27 September
Live Q&A:  Wed 16 September 20.30-21.15 BST

Coded Bias


Film Synopsis

Director: Shalini Kantayya | Countries of production: United Kingdom, United States | Year: 2020 | Length: 86 min
Language: English, Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial recognition software fails to identify darker-skinned faces or women’s faces, she sets out to investigate widespread bias in algorithms. She proves what many suspected: Artificial intelligence is not neutral. From facial scanning used for policing and surveillance to automated HR and mortgage application systems, the building blocks of these omnipresent technologies are far from impartial. Rather, they mirror and magnify the toxic racism and sexism that are already so deep-rooted in society.

Coded Bias illuminates mass misconceptions about AI and emphasises the urgent need for legislative protection. It celebrates the women who, with humour, intelligence and determination, are leading the collective fight for justice in the age of automation.

Content Notes

Contains references to racism (including anti-semitism), misogyny, and some depictions of racially-motivated violence.


Beyond the Screen – CODED BIAS: LIVE Q&A

Join us live at 20:30 on Wednesday, 16 September for a conversation imagining what a future beyond surveillance and mechanised racism looks like. We are delighted to be welcoming Shalini Kantayya, the film’s director, alongside Silkie Carlo, Director of Big Brother Watch, and human rights lawyer Ravi Naik to explore the experiences of women and people of colour marginalised by biased technology – and the campaigners pushing for change.

All our Q&As are free to attend, though pre-registration is required.

Screening with short film: SUCKA PUNCH

How to watch

This film is available to watch at any time between 00:00 on 16 September and 23:59 on 27 September.

To enjoy the full “live screening” experience, we recommend you:

  1. Book your ticket for the film in advance
  2. Register your place for the live Q&A (taking place 8.30-9.15pm on Wed 16 September)
  3. Start playing the film at 6.45pm on Wed 16 September
  4. Join us for the live Q&A straight after, at 8.30pm

Ticket prices

Digital events still require a lot of work behind the scenes, and hosting digital screenings incurs significant costs. To reflect this, our recommended ticket price is £7, however we are operating a “sliding scale” ticket policy (thanks to SQIFF for leading the way) whereby audience members choose what to pay based on personal circumstances, from £2 upwards.  We don’t ask for any proof or ID – we just ask you to please be honest, so that this model can be sustainable for us as a small independent charity. For further guidance on price levels, please visit our website.

We don’t want price to be a barrier to access our festival. If you require free access, please contact [email protected], indicating the title of the film you wish to watch.

All live workshops and Q&As will be free to access.

Coded Bias



(Wednesday) 8:30 pm - 9:15 pm


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