Uniting power of music at the centre of John Swatland’s ‘Scattered People’

Uniting power of music at the centre of John Swatland’s ‘Scattered People’
A new documentary featuring some of Australia’s most prominent musicians is being used to show the sense of community among asylum seekers ahead of Refugee Week.

John and Lizzi Swatland’s Scattered People follows Mas and Saha, two young Iranian asylum seeker musicians, as they navigate a new world of immigration detention.

Forced to flee their homes for the crime of making music, they are isolated from everything known and familiar. In immigration detention, the pair discover the Scattered People band, and through a shared love of music, once again find hope, community and a way to be heard.

Led by founder, Brian Procopis, with members including Gang Gajang’s Robbie James, the Scattered People band not only perform for but incorporate refugees – including Mas and Saha, in writing, performing, and recording songs.

The film features interviews with interviews with musicians including Missy Higgins, John Butler, Dan Sultan, Archie Roach,
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