New documentary gives voice to scattered people

In acknowledgment of Refugee Week 2021, touching new documentary ‘Scattered People’ will be showing around Australia during June.

Music can heal and transform on a personal and community level. But can it build a bridge between middle Australia and some of the world’s most vulnerable people?

Through the eyes and hearts of two Iranian musicians, ‘Scattered People’ is a story about the healing power of music, bringing together people, cultures and countries while exploring Australians’ attitudes towards people seeking asylum.

‘Scattered People’ is an inspiring and thought-provoking documentary about our music and our humanity which paint a picture of life as a musician seeking asylum in an unwelcoming country.

It is a story of restitution and hope, of shared humanity and the role music can play in forging bonds of friendship and respect and giving voice to otherwise unsung heroes.

It features interviews with music icons including Missy Higgins, John Butler, Archie Roach, Michael Franti, Katie Noonan, Dan Sultan, Baker Boy, Harry James Angus and more.

The Scattered People are a band of kindred spirit musicians in Brisbane, Australia who play, write and record the music and stories of asylum seekers they encounter in detention and community centres, producing high quality albums. The film follow their relationships, rehearsals and public performances and hear their heartfelt stories of courage and character as they create ‘Sugarmill Road’, their last album.

Refugee Week is 20 – 26 June 2021. Visit to get involved. ‘Scattered People’ is showing at the Regent Theatre in Murwillumbah on World Refugee Day, 20 June. Visit for more.

Check out the trailer below:

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