Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Picture Character

 

Year: 2019
Country: USA, GERMANY, JAPAN, ARGENTINA, AUSTRIA, UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 81 minutes

Picture Character
Picture Character
Picture Character
Picture Character

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.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 9:25 PM ET

Capitol Theatre

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 1:15 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

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Film Is Art

Competitions
Ad Hoc Docs Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director Director

Directors
Martha Shane, Ian Cheney

Producers
Ian Cheney, Martha Shane, Jennifer 8. Lee

Cinematography
Emily Topper, Ian Cheney, Lucy Martens

Editing
Frederick Shanahan

Print Source

Community Partners

Column & Stripe: The Young Friends of the Cleveland Museum of Art

North Eastern Ohio Education Association

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