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Image & Bias : Filmic Explorations© Goethe-Institut San Francisco

Goethe on Demand: Bias in technologies
Image & Bias
Filmic Explorations

The film series IMAGE+BIAS. FILMIC EXPLORATIONS brings together feature films, documentaries and short films that address issues of prejudice and discrimination in technologies.

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Zeros and ones, if we are not careful, could deepen the divides between haves and have-nots, between the deserving and the undeserving – rusty value judgments embedded in shiny new systems.

Ruha Benjamin, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code

Technology is never neutral but a reflection of the biases in our society. How is bias coded into our technology? How can we infiltrate the opaque mechanisms upon which technological systems are built and counter the perpetuation of bias? Moreover, in what ways can we explore the existential impact the internet, robotics, and artificial intelligence have on us as individuals and on our society?

The film series IMAGE+BIAS. FILMIC EXPLORATIONS brings together feature films, documentaries and short films that address these questions from different perspectives and with a different focus. The selected films approach these questions in an innovative, provocative, but also humorous way and reflect on the sustainability of our value systems for a digitalized and high-tech future.

The films

Alles ist eins. Ausser der 0. © Klaus Maeck, Tanja Schwerdorf

All is one. Except 0.

Directors Klaus Maeck and Tanja Schwerdorf | 90 minutes

The Trouble with Being Born © PANAMA Film

The Trouble with Being Born

Director Sandra Wollner | 94 minutes

FACE_It! © missing Films


Director Gerd Conradt | 80 minutes

Das Netz © Lutz Dammbeck

The Net

Director Lutz Dammbeck | 121 minutes

HI, AI © Isabella Willinger

Hi, AI

Director Isabella Willinger | 90 minutes

Pre-Crime © Monika Hielscher/Matthias Heeder


Directors Monika Hielscher and Matthias Heeder | 88 minutes

Shorts © Goethe-Institut San Francisco


by Brenda Lien, Veneta Androva, Björn Melhus, Halina Kliem, Jürgen Trautwein, Silvia Nonnenmacher, Vera Sebert and Harun Farocki | approx. 65 mins

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