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If you are human, you are biased. Now what?

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If you’re human, you’re biased. Now what? Bias is a provocative documentary that explores how our unconscious assumptions influence our choices, our perception of others, and the way we see ourselves.  Bias exposes the surprising ways in which unconscious bias perpetuates inequities in our social groups, workplaces, and communities. Groundbreaking research, driven by advances in technology, reveals new ways of uncovering bias and possible ways to block it.

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If you are human, you are biased. We make assumptions based on our experiences. Unconscious biases are inclinations, or snap judgements, that unknowingly influence our decisions and perceptions. Most of us are not aware of our biases or the impact they can have. Yet implicit bias affects everything – where we live and work, how much money we make, who we elect and hire, who we incarcerate, and more. Through compelling stories, innovative research, and high-impact interviews, bias brings issues around implicit bias to the forefront of our consciousness.

Over three dynamic acts, bias reveals the ways in which implicit bias affects all of us – as individuals, in our workplaces and in the wider world.  The film begins by delving into the measurement of bias with Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald, the creators of the foundational Implicit Association Test. As the film unfolds, it explores new techniques for mitigating bias in a variety of settings: a police deadly force decision simulator, companies striving to block bias in hiring and promotion, and a virtual reality lab designed to reduce racial bias. In all of these contexts, the film asks, can we interrupt our bias?

Acting as a proxy for the viewer, director Robin Hauser appears on camera, interacting with innovative technologies, interviewing people on the street, and turning inward to understand more about her own biases and how they shape her behavior. She experiences vulnerability, surprise, discomfort, and discovery, allowing viewers to identify with her realizations and reflect on their own biases. Hauser highlights cutting-edge scientific approaches undergoing testing and evaluation to determine whether they could have an impact on mitigating bias.

Animation from Molly Schwartz artfully brings abstract ideas, personal stories, academic research and data to life in engaging and often humorous ways. Meanwhile, Kathryn Bostic’s original score propels the film, enhancing the emotional tone of the stories and gravity of the impact of bias.

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We are proud to feature a wide range of interviews:

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Mahzarin Banaji, Implicit Association Test
Anthony Greenwald, Implicit Association Test
Iris Bohnet, Harvard Kennedy School
Abby Wambach, U.S. Soccer
Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, CA
Nirav Tolia, Nextdoor.com
Shikira Porter, Neighbors for Racial Justice
Jerry Kang, UCLA
Ron Tyler, Stanford University
Krista Morgan, P2BInvestor
Blake Irving, GoDaddy
Joanna Bryson, University of Bath
Angele Christin, Stanford University
Francesca Rossi, IBM
Mel Slater, University of Barcelona
Lois James, Counter Bias Training Simulator (CBTSim)
Steve James, Counter Bias Training Simulator (CBTSim)
Shruti Ghandi, Array Ventures
Mellody Hobson, Ariel Investments
Aileen Lee, Cowboy Ventures
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University
Promise Phelon, TapInfluence
Allyson Robinson, Cook-Ross, Inc.
David Rock, Neuroleadership Institute
Howard Ross, Cook-Ross, Inc
Judith Michelle Williams, Dropbox
Monica Bailey, Godaddy
Domna Banakou, University of Barcelona
Stacy Brown-Philpot, TaskRabbit