North American Premiere Tribeca Film Festival
Montreal World Film Festival
Silverdocs AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival
“Well-crafted and poignant!” -Variety
“Heartbreaking and unusually intimate.” -The Atlantic
“Love During Wartime is a sound piece of contemporary documentary filmmaking.” -The Jewish Week
“Touching… will melt your heart.” -Washington City Paper
Love During Wartime follows Osama and Jasmin, newlyweds trying to build a life together against what look like impossible odds: She’s Israeli, he’s Palestinian. When their homelands turn their backs on them, they choose to live in exile. This tender tale of a love infiltrated by politics follows a real-life Romeo and Juliet on their odyssey from the Middle East through an inhospitable Europe. As their hopes rise and fade with each bureaucratic hurdle, will their love survive?
Gabriella Bier graduated from the documentary department at the University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre in Stockholm 1997. Prior to that she worked as a journalist for press and TV, with African culture and social issues as fields of interest. Between the years 1986-90 she studied Film, History of Philosophy and Science and International Relations at the University of Stockholm. Since leaving film school she has been working as a documentary director.
Gabriella’s work focuses on cultural conflicts from a personal angle. Her documentaries have had cinematic release as well as been broadcasted on Swedish TV and Nordic channels. She is currently developing a documentary about Denmark using outrage as POV and writing a thesis on documentary work as part of an artistic science project at the University College. Apart from that she has been teaching documentary classes at the University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre, arranged seminars i.e. about Israeli/Palestinian documentaries, produced radio documentaries, writing articles and is a member in the Jewish Cultural Committee of the Jewish congregation in Stockholm.