Movies that Matter: Film Screenings for Schools

The Emoji Story Q&A with Martha Shane, director


Thursday, May 5, 2022
11 am – 12 pm EDT
Zoom, Virtual Program

The Emoji Story (2021)
Directed by Martha Shane, Ian Cheney
Film Run Time: 79 minutes

Middle and high school students are invited to view award-winning documentaries that examine current social issues such as representation and identity, immigration, and civil rights followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

Advance viewing is recommended; film will not be shown during Q&A.

The rapid rise of emoji 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 The Emoji Story, directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney shed light on the private consortium that approves new emoji offerings and the individuals fighting to make the language more representative.

Live virtual Q&A on May 5, 11 am EDT with Martha Shane, director. Though participation is recommended, a recording of the discussion will be shared after the event. Advance viewing is advised; film will not be shown during the Q&A.

Film available upon registration.

To register, complete the registration form or email

This program is presented with live CART/ASL interpretation. The Jewish Museum is committed to making its virtual programs accessible to all. For inquiries and requests for additional accommodations please email or call 212.423.3200 ext. 0.

Film still: The Emoji Story