10 November 2021

Scattered People - film fundraiser for Operation Not Forgotten

| James Coleman
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Scattered People

Scattered People is a film-screening fundraiser for Operation Not Forgotten. Photo: Canberra Refugee Action Campaign (RAC).

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 about the power of music to create change and restore hope.

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. We follow their relationships, rehearsals and public performances and hear their heartfelt stories of courage and character as they create Sugarmill Road, their last album.

The film screening will be followed with a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

All money raised by the screening will be donated to Operation Not Forgotten, the Canadian community sponsorship scheme providing a lifeline to Manus and Nauru refugees.

Canadian and Australian organisations, volunteers and donors are working together to build a pathway to a new life for refugees who have been stuck for eight years in the offshore processing regime Australia runs with Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Operation #NotForgotten was developed in 2019 to provide hope for refugees who had been sent to detention in Nauru and PNG’s Manus Island and had been excluded from Australia’s resettlement deal with the United States. The partners leading Operation Not Forgotten are Vancouver-based settlement organisation MOSAIC, Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) and Ads-Up Canada Refugee Network.

Cash donations will be welcome on the night.

For more information on Operation Not Forgotten: https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/canada/

Underground parking is available underneath the venue – entry from Kingsley Street

When: 6 to 8 pm, Wednesday 17 November
Where: Kambri Cinema, Ground Floor, Cultural Centre, University Avenue, Kambri ANU, Acton
Cost: $11.64; book tickets on Eventbrite.

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