Docunight: Iranian Documentary Series Screening "Puzzleys"

Department: Center for Persian Studies and Culture

Date and Time: May 29, 2019 | 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Event Location: McCormick Screening Room (HG 1070)

Event Details

Please join us for another Docunight: Iranian Documentary Series titled "Puzzleys" directed by Mehdi Ganji on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in UC Irvine's McCormick Screening Hall (HG 1070).

Directed by: Mehdi Ganji
2017 / 70 mins
Persian with English Subtitles

Synopsis: "Puzzley" is the name of a four-member group of IT students who, in spite of suitable job opportunities and the opposition expressed by their families, want to start up their own business. Other than their education and determination, all they have is an idea. They need backing, experience and business knowledge, so they leave their small town to go to the capital city of Tehran to realize their dreams. They take time off from university and cram into the baggage compartment of a bus for a 15-hour trip to Tehran where the real challenges begin.

"For my generation who lived through the Iran/Iraq war and the turbulent 1980s in Iran, our greatest wish was to become a doctor or an engineer. We were taught to leave others behind in the marathon of life and work hard in order to attain our common stereotypes of success. Our dream was to live the life of a wealthy doctor or engineer as a member of the nouveau riche. Nobody taught us how to live creatively or which path to take for life or career. We were the products of a conformist mentality and our only duty was to keep our bank accounts full in order to maintain our living standards. This may be why, as a filmmaker, I have always been attracted to people who choose a different path, who change something and create new values. In fact, I believe I am searching for the missing parts of my own character.

Young people who take risks and stray from traditional and safe paths are positive role models. These people face all the difficulties that starting up a new business entails. They believe that collaboration and teamwork are more effective than trying to advance single-handedly. Spending time filming the stories of these ordinary extraordinary people who will never appear on the covers of bestselling magazines has inspired me and changed my life."

A discussion and Q&A will follow the screening.

A wine and hors d'oeuvre reception will follow afterwards.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required: (

This event is presented by UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture and with generous support from Saman Foundation.
Parking at UCI
Closest parking structures are Mesa Parking Structure and/or Student Center Parking Structure. Parking permits are required at all time at UC Irvine's campus and daily or hourly permits could be purchased from manned or automated kiosks in the parking structures. Parking is $2/hour or $10/day. The location of this event is in Humanities Gateway building (4100 Humanities Gateway, Irvine, CA 92696), room McCormick Screening Hall (HG 1070).