In the eye of the storm, in one of the world’s most surveilled conflicts, Osama and Jasmin try to create a life together. It turns out to be a near-impossible task. When a Palestinian and an Israeli marry, they lose the security and social network that are guaranteed other citizens. Wherever they turn for help, they end up in a catch 22 situation.
This is the film about love. A love without legal rights, a Romeo and Juliet story against a political background. Love During Wartime is about the human right to be able to live together. It is about a conflict that everyone has an opinion about, but that few really have any insight into.
Assi and Jasmin met when they both were working at an animal shelter in east Jerusalem – they fell instantly in love. Pretty soon they realized that it wasn’t such a good idea. Osama, a Palestinian Moslem from Ramallah and Jasmin, an Israeli Jew from Jerusalem, decided to get married immediately. By doing so, they hoped they could appease the powers. Little did they know. Love During Wartime follows the couple on their odyssey from the Middle East, through Germany to Austria.
Director: Gabriella Bier
Producers: Tobias Janson and Göran Olsson for Story AB
Love During Wartime will be released in Sweden on January 19, 2012. Specific screening dates and locations can be found here.