Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
Iranian feminist filmmaker Tahmineh Milani directs the action-drama Vakonesh-e Panjom (The Fifth Reaction). Recently widowed Fereshteh (Niki Karimi) is sent away by her father-in-law Hadji (Jamshid Hashempour), who now holds legal guardianship over her two boys. In order to maintain custody of her children, she sets out on a perilous journey across Iran with the help of some local women. However, Hadji uses his powerful position in the trucking industry to get random truck drivers to chase after her. The Fifth Reaction was filmed at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival market.
child-protection, custody-battle, truckdriver, widow/widower