Ian Cheney and Martha Shane, Documentary, USA, 80 Minutes, English,
The rapid rise
of emoji (Japanese for “picture character”) is a global
without precedent. Their widespread use and ability to convey
complex messages have not only cemented emoji’s place as an emerging
but prompted difficult questions
about the creation of a language and digital communication’s fraught
to identity and inclusion.
In “Picture Character”, directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead
on a deep dive into the ever evolving world of picture characters,
from their humble beginnings in Japan to mobile keyboards
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.
“Picture Character” had its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival