Scattered People Film with Live Music + Q&A presented by Ballina Region for Refugees


Scattered People Film with Live Music + Q&A presented by Ballina Region for Refugees at Byron Theatre

Ballina Region for Refugees is pleased to partner with Byron Theatre to bring to Byron the film Scattered People, produced by John and Lizzi Swatland,

This 58-minute documentary has a unique and moving story to tell – a universal, humanistic story of how music can open the heart, how it can help to debunk myths, and how it can heal and connect people of all cultures.

When Australian musicians go into a Brisbane detention centre to share music, they meet two Iranian musicians, Mas and Sahar, who sing on their three albums.

Missy Higgins, John Butler, Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire), Katie Noonan, Michael Franti, Archie Roach, Dan Sultan, and Robbie James talk about the power of music, its ability to break through barriers, unite people and create shared experience.

What does the music we produce, sing and listen to tell us about ourselves, our country and life experience?

Academics, psychologists and refugee specialists talk about the role artistic expression plays in building personal and national identity, and the healing power of creative expression and shared stories.

The Scattered People Project grew from spontaneous gatherings of concerned Australians and asylum seekers playing music together and has since become a powerful mode of expression of socially marginalised people within the community.

Music by Sahar at 7pm

Sahar will also take part in the Q&A after the film.

Sahar is an Iranian-born, Sydney-raised singer/songwriter, poet and entertainer. Having left her former career as a frustrated Sydney lawyer to pursue a creative path, Sahar believes in the power of art to achieve social justice and build community.

With a background in humanitarian advocacy and a keen interest in trauma healing, Sahar continues to use her multi-disciplinary performance skills as tools to inspire thought, change and promote positive mental health through creative self-expression.


To redeem your Discover NSW vouchers (valid until August 31) or to book wheelchair accessible seating, contact the Theatre Box Office:
Monday – Friday, 10.30am – 1.30pm. Tel.(02) 6685 6807
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This is a Covidsafe event.

For the health & safety of all, signage & sanitising stations are set up throughout the venue. We ask that you adhere to all covid guidelines while attending the theatre.  Please note masks are mandatory while attending the theatre due to current covid restrictions.

 The Byron Theatre and Community Centre is a registered CovidSafe business.

6.00pm – Venue doors open | Box Office sales open | Venue Bar open 
6.30pm – Theatre doors open
7.00pm – Live music performance by Sahar
7.30pm – Scattered People film screening
8.30pm – Q&A with Sahar and the film producers
9.00pm – Event concludes