Docunight: Iranian Documentary Series - Screening of "The Broker"

Department: Center for Persian Studies and Culture

Date and Time: October 23, 2019 | 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Event Location: McCormick Screening Hall (HG) 1070

Event Details

Please join us for another Docunight: Iranian Documentary Series titled "The Broker" directed by Azadi Moghadam on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in UC Irvine's McCormick Screening Hall (HG 1070).

The Broker
Directed by: Azadi Moghadam
2018 / 61 mins
Persian with English Subtitles

Official Selection, Hot Docs Film Festival

Official Selection, New Horizons Film Festival

Inside this traditional Iranian dating agency, the manager, Mrs. Sadri, and her female employees are determined to find their clients a husband — regardless of their personal feelings or preferences.

Shuffling through files and making agitated phone calls, they constantly remind their mortified customers that it’s the man who gets to choose and that a woman without a spouse doesn’t have an identity. Even a temporary marriage would be better than remaining unwed, they say. Which doesn’t mean these surprising brokers don’t harshly lecture their male clients as well, or that their conservative views don’t come with a good dose of humor — especially since two of them are, ironically, single.

Shot almost entirely inside the confines of their tiny office, The Broker conveys a sense of claustrophobia that mirrors many women’s situations and offers a shocking, tragicomic reminder that the fiercest agents of the patriarchy aren’t always men.

A discussion and Q&A will follow the screening.

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

This event is presented by Docunight and 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 $13/day. The location of this event is in Humanities Gateway building (4100 Humanities Gateway, Irvine, CA 92696), room McCormick Screening Hall (HG 1070).