// Sampa The Great




The Arts Centre, Melbourne

MIFF’s third, exclusive Hear My Eyes event featuring Sampa The Great performing live alongside Céline Sciamma’s defiantly electrifying portrait of young women of colour growing up in the Paris projects.
Electrifying. One of the films of the year. Confirms Sciamma as quite simply one of the best directors of her generation.”

The Times

Shy 16-year-old Mariame is struggling: life at home isn’t easy, with her mother rarely in the picture, an abusive, controlling older brother, and two younger sisters who rely on her to look after them. School isn’t any better, with Mariame facing the very real prospect of failing. When brash, confident and free-spirited Lady invites Mariame to join her girl gang, the younger teen sees a way to escape the limitations on her life. But despite her new-found sense of freedom and sisterhood, Mariame soon learns that change doesn’t come without consequences. Building on her reputation for assured and astutely observed studies of female adolescence, including Tomboy (MIFF 2011) and Water Lilies, writer/director Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood is a beautiful and emotionally affecting coming-of-age story. With her magnetic performance as Mariame, newcomer Karidja Touré marked herself out as an actor to watch, while Sciamma’s regular cinematographer Crystel Fournier won awards for making life on the Parisienne margins look so exquisite.

Zambian-born Australian resident Sampa the Great has released two critically acclaimed projects, with her most recent, 2017’s Birds and the BEE9, winning the prestigious Australian Music Prize. With a sound that spans spiritually minded gospel to neo-soul and hip-hop, Sampa’s music is intertwined with a clearly-defined, no-holds-barred political outlook, and message of healing. Sampa has performed live supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn Hill, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$, Ibeyi and Little Simz, while also collaborating with artists like Estelle, REMI and Hiatus Kaiyote.