Nonnas needed for project

IT’S common local knowledge that no one can cook Italian fare quite like Nonna.

With this in mind, Griffith’s Domenic Musolino has put the call out for nonnas to share their stories and recipes.

Mr Musolino has taken over the Cucina Nonna (Nonna’s Kitchen) video project and launched a Facebook page of the same name.

He is working in collaboration with ABC Open producer for the Riverina region Sonya Gee and needs camera-ready nonnas to help make both projects a success.

“We’re looking for nonnas of all ages to take part in a video project that we will be filming in Griffith in the coming months,” Mr Musolino said.

“We’re hoping to draw on their collective wisdom and record some of their life stories as part of ABC Open’s Life’s Big Questions video project.”

Each month, ABC Open invites people living in regional Australia to record a short video answering three questions that really matter. Some of the questions are philosophical, others are light-hearted and the finished videos will be posted online  alongside answers from around the country.

Filming is expected to take around half an hour, with families encouraged to get involved. 

It is hoped that children or grandchildren might help to interview their nonnas and learn about the process of making a short video and posting it online.

The videos will be published online and every participant will receive a DVD.

Meanwhile, Mr Musolino’s Cucina Nonna project is one that is very close to his heart.

“Brett Naseby started the Cucina Nonna project but was unable to continue so he passed it on to me,” Mr Musolino said.

“I’m passionate about recording and sharing the stories and recipes of Griffith’s early Italian migrants.

“I’ve always felt an obligation to preserve my culture in some form and after film school this was perfect for me. 

“Everybody loves a food show and no one can cook like Nonna. I think this is a timely concept because these women are now ageing and we don’t want to lose their stories.”

For more information to register interest, people can contact Sonya on 6923 4826 or Domenic on 0434 550 083.

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