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Picture Character (Jordan)

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The Cultural Affairs Team at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, in partnership with the Royal Film Commission–Jordan, welcome you to the film screening of "Picture Character".

We invite you to join the post-screening discussion:

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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  • Runtime
    80 minutes
  • Director
    Ian Cheney, Martha Shane