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Country: USA, GERMANY, JAPAN, ARGENTINA, AUSTRIA, UNITED KINGDOM
Language: English, Japanese, Arabic, Spanish
Run Time: 81 minutes
Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that “emoji” is a Japanese word that means “picture character?” This definition might give you a hint as to what the film is about. That’s right… emojis. Over the past two decades, emojis have slowly integrated themselves into our everyday communication and have even become a form of modern language on their own. While emojis are widely used to express mood or tone in conversation (or whatever food we might be craving), most of us probably haven’t given much thought to their origin or why there are pictures for some words and not others. As it turns out, the process for submitting a new emoji is highly competitive and involves plenty of reasoning , meaning, and persuasion. PICTURE CHARACTER follows a few of these proposals from start to finish, including one for the hijab, one for a woman’s period, and even one for mate, a drink frequently consumed in Argentina. Covering an array of topics including linguistics, sociology, international relations, and psychology, PICTURE CHARACTER is fascinating documentary proof that emojis have a lot more depth than you might think. — G.S.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 9:25 PM
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 1:15 PM
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No
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