The Broker

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    The Broker

    Directed by

    Iran

    2018

    61 min

    • Farsi

    Documentary

    In a traditional Iranian dating agency, the manager, Mrs. Sadri, and her female employees are dead set on finding 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 clientele as well, or that their conservative views don't come with a good dose of humour—especially since two of them are, ironically, single. Shot almost entirely inside a 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.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Azadi R. Moghadam
    Cinematography
    Azadi R. Moghadam
    Editing
    Azade Salimian
    Production
    AZADI REZAEYAN MOGHADAM
    Azadi Moghadam

    Azadi Moghadam

    Iran

    Azadi was born in 1979 in Tehran. She studied theatre at Soore University. She filmed her first documentary movie KAHRIZAK - TAJRISH in 2015. Azadi also made her second film; THE BROKER (first feature documentary) in 2018. She published "Simia" which was a professional theatre magazine, during her time at univesrity. She writes and researches on the topic of Iranian documentary cinema . She is currently working on her third documentary film project.