Feature documentary The Emoji Story is set to release on VOD platforms on December 22nd, courtesy Utopia. This deep dive into the creation and cultural impact of an ever-evolving digital language asks important questions and introduces viewers to the people fighting to make it more representative of its billions of users.
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. The Emoji Story is a deep dive into this ever evolving world, shedding 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.
The Emoji Story premiered at Tribeca 2019 as Picture Character and screened at AFI Docs, Sydney Film Festival, HotDocs and Woods Hole Film Festival, where it received critical acclaim. Utopia will release The Emoji Story for the first time on AppleTV, Amazon Prime Video and Altavod.