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Picture Character
79-minutes
PICTURE CHARACTER explores the complex, conflict-prone, and often hilarious world of the creators, lovers, and arbiters of emoji, our world’s newest pictorial language.
Screening days and times
  • Saturday: Block 5 – 5:00pm

Picture Character

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Running Time
Feature Film
79 minutes
Genres
Documentary

Picture Character

The rapid rise of emoji (Japanese for “picture character”) is a global phenomenon without precedent. Their widespread use and ability to convey complex messages have not only cemented emoji’s place as an emerging digital language, but prompted difficult questions about the creation of a language and digital communication’s fraught ties to identity and inclusion. In ​PICTURE CHARACTER​,​ ​Directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead viewers on a deep dive into the ever evolving world of picture characters, from their humble beginnings in Japan to mobile keyboards the world over, and shed fresh light on the private consortium that approves new emoji offerings and the individuals fighting to make the language more representative of its billions of users.

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Festival screenings
Year(s) screened
  • 2019
Screening days and times
  • Saturday: Block 5 – 5:00pm
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