bias

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Competition - Feature Documentary

bias

Showtimes:

Thursday May 3rd - 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Honey Bee Theatre

Friday May 4th - 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Marvel Experience at Skylight 4

The toxic effects of bias make headlines every day: sexual harassment, racial profiling, the pay gap. As humans, we are biased. Yet few of us are willing to admit it. We confidently make snap judgments but we are shockingly unaware of the impact our assumptions have on those around us. The documentary feature bias follows filmmaker Robin Hauser on a journey to uncover her hidden biases and explore how unconscious bias defines relationships, workplaces, our justice system, and technology. bias contemplates the most pressing question: can we de-bias our brains?

There is a test that measures unconscious biases: the Harvard-based Implicit Association Test, or IAT. After Robin takes the IAT, she is shocked by her results and embarks on an investigation into the nature of human bias. She tracks down the test’s co- creators, Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald, to dig into the science behind bias before traveling across the country and around the world to explore cutting-edge research into bias and its effects on our social and professional lives.

bias gives voice to neighbors concerned about profiling in their communities, CEOs battling bias in their businesses, and those of us hesitant to admit our own biases. After confronting her unconscious bias, Robin turns to action by engaging with innovative experiments – from corporate strategies to tech interventions and virtual reality – that are reshaping our understanding of implicit bias and attempting to mitigate it. In settings such as a police deadly force decision simulator and a virtual reality lab designed to reduce racial bias, the film considers the possibilities presented by new technology while exposing the risks we take by using algorithms to solve for human bias. Humorous anecdotes, alarming exposés, and Robin’s acute vulnerability prompt viewers to reflect on their own “gut feelings,” when to trust them, and how to let them go.

Director(s): Robin Hauser

Writer(s): Jack Youngelson

Producer(s): Robin Hauser, Christie Herring

Editor(s): Christie Herring

Cinematographer(s): John Behrens

Production Designer(s): N/A

Music Composer(s): Kathryn Bostic

Cast:
Mahzarin Banaji, Anthony Greenwald, Iris Bohnet, Abby Wambach, Jerry Kang, Ron Tyler, Libby Schaaf