THE life stories of migrants who call Frankston home will be aired on community television C31 next month.
The four-part Faces of Frankston TV series, produced by Mornington filmmakers Whitewater Documentaries, will feature 30-minute interviews with Frank Cannizzo (Italy), Rosalindo Cerda (Chile), Grace Edwards (Philippines) and Anastasia Kipouropoulos (Greece) who recount outsiders’ tales of escaping conflict in their countries of origin, in some cases, before becoming Frankston insiders through community work.
Frankston Multicultural Community Network commissioned the documentary series.
“We sometimes don’t think of Frankston as a culturally diverse place, but 10 per cent of people living in the municipality come from over 130 countries,” network coordinator Katina Nomikoudis said.
“Many have been here for a long time and have made a significant contribution to the community.”
Whitewater Documentaries producer Terry Cantwell said the company had been working on “technically complicated stories about shipwrecks and war mysteries” for the past few years.
“Although each of our interviewees were from different cultural backgrounds, and each had very different life experiences, a common theme of commitment to the community emerged. It’s great to think that these people are our neighbours.”