Hassa Family Archive

collection Hassa Family Archive
authors Zbigniew Hassa
starring Irena Hassa; Zbigniew Hassa; Joanna Hassa; Katarzyna Hassa
length 04'42
location Poland
year 1988
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0000 005
source of funding Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

The author of the film is Zbigniew Hassa. Since the age of 14, he had worked as an electrician in Warsaw Trams (then MZK). When his daughters, Joanna and Katarzyna, were born, he decided to start filming events from the life of the family. 

An account of the Hassa family’s stay at their plot in Kajetany. The film shows Irena and Zbigniew Hassa and their daughters (Joanna and Katarzyna). Open-air shots. Irena, Kasia and Joasia get out of the car (Syrenka 105L). Barrels of water, which had to be delivered to the plot, are tied to the roof of the car. Kasia saws a stick with a large saw, crouching on the wall. At the construction site of the house, Joasia pours water from a large tin watering can. Irena, kneeling, plants something. The framework of a house under construction. Joasia pumps water from the well into the bucket. Shot from behind the neighbors’ fence in front of the house. Scenes from the construction site. Zbigniew levels the ground with a shovel. Joasia and Kasia play among the foundations. A very short and blurred shot – a picnic on a blanket. Open-air shots. A picnic with friends in Powsin. Irena, accompanied by a woman, smokes cigarettes at a set table. Next to her, there is Kasia in a hat with the inscription “Orbis”. Two cars are parked by a forest road. One of them is a Fiat 126p “maluch” with a boot on the roof. A girl sits in the driver’s seat. Next to the car, a man smokes a cigarette. An account of the ceremony of the beginning of the school year. Katarzyna, Zbigniew’s daughter, is going to attend the first class. Open-air shot in Wilanów housing estate. Kasia and Joasia, smartly dressed, come out of the staircase. They walk down the street of the estate. We can see the entrance to the school, a sign with the inscription: “Primary School No. 300”. The school is located at ul. Gubinowska. Kasia is in front of the school among the students. The girls at the front hold a piece of paper with the inscription “1B”. Kasia, together with a teacher and other students, climbs the stairs to the school. They walk down the corridor. A shot of a school classroom. Kasia sits at a school desk with a friend. Kasia runs down the school stairs. Irena holds her hand. The three of them walk, the mom with Joasia and Kasia. A shot of the school from the outside. Next to the fence, we can see a parked trailer. Kasia and her sister go to school. Joasia carries a pot with a plant as part of the action of bringing plants to the classroom. The girls leave the house with Irena. Kasia has a backpack on her back. She shows her tongue to the camera.




keywords Poland, Warsaw, Wilanów, Powsin, Kajetany, plot, car, Syrenka, barrel, watering can, planting plants, gardening, well, house construction,, picnic, meal, maluch, Fiat 126p, cigarettes, beginning of the school year, first class, primary school, students, teacher, class, housing estate, potted plant, backpack, showing the tongue