Franco Mella

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Date Time Venue
14/10 (Sun) 7:30 pm Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum*

*Q&A session with director

Kong King Chu
Hong Kong / 2018 / 107 min
In Cantonese, Mandarin, English and Italian with Chi & Eng Sub

Father Franco Mella has been living in Asia for 40 years. Committed to his left-wing beliefs, he has devoted himself to helping those on the lowest rungs of society. Aside from conducting masses and doing missionary work, the Reverend's other passion includes singing and football.

Director's Profile
Kong King Chu was a veteran reporter and publisher who now works as a documentary filmmaker. Her works include Reading Xi Xi, Almost a Revolution, and Me, My City and Somewhere Else.

Background Information

Father Franco Mella, more commonly known as “Kam Cai (Little Kam)”, came to Hong Kong from Milan in 1974 as a missionary. Unlike most priests at the time he chose not to live in the quarters provided by the church and moved instead into local neighborhoods. Through the years he has worked in factories, lived on fishing boats in Yau Ma Tei and also with the homeless. He is also a social activist and has passionately fought for numerous social causes including the release of jailed Hong Kong activist Lau Shan Ching, the resettlement of Yau Ma Tei boat people in public housing, the demand for residency status to undocumented children, helping the homeless apply for public housing and more recently holding masses for Christians taking part in the Umbrella Movement.

A supporter of internationalism, Mella turns his religious faith into social action and dedicates his life to fighting for the rights and dignity of those oppressed by the powerful or forgotten by society, regardless of nationality, race, gender and geographical or religious differences.

While traditional Catholicism shaped his formative years, at one point he was also influenced by the rise of leftism in Europe and is a supporter of communism. During his early years as a friar in Milan he already began fighting for the rights of the poor. He believes “communism also came from the Bible”, as both advocate equality. That said, he does not identify with the “Communist Party” currently in power and holds the view that a true communist always stands on the side of the powerless.


Screenings at the Hong Kong Space Museum will be available at URBTIX from 9 September.
Ticket Price: $70 / $50*
*Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients

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