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Film Screening



Picture Character



Date of Screening: 02-April-2021

Time of Screening: 19:00

Location of Screening: Online

Director: Ian Cheney and Martha Shane

Country: USA

Production Year: 2019



The Royal Film Commission – Jordan, in partnership with The Cultural Affairs Team at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, is pleased to invite you to watch the documentary

Picture Character

(or: the Emojis)

On Friday 2nd of April 2021 at 7 PM (Local Time)

By RSVP only. To watch the film, please register

Click here for registration

You will receive the link to the film via email

The film can only be viewed in Jordan.

Followed by a virtual discussion with a linguist on the RFC’s Facebook page

Picture Character

Ian Cheney and Martha Shane, Documentary, USA, 80 Minutes, English, 2019

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.

“Picture Character” had its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in 2019.