Hassa Family Archive

collection Hassa Family Archive
authors Zbigniew Hassa
starring Irena Hassa; Joanna Hassa; Katarzyna Hassa; Elżbieta Żelazko; Agnieszka Żelazko; Jadwiga Hassa; Stanisław Hassa; Regina Hassa
length 05'14
location Poland
year 1988
format 8 mm
color color
signature PAFD 0000 011
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. 

The film was made during a winter camp in Łomża. Joasia and Kasia were participants of the winter camp, while their mother, Irena Hassa, was one of the educators. A sign with the inscription “Bison Sanctuary”. Along the fence, there is a group of young people with educators, among whom we can see Irena. Irena and Kasia walk down the street in Łomża. They approach a booth with flowers. Then we can see Irena holding the small bouquet in her hand. Irena and Kasia meet with a group of young people on the market. Kasia and her mother walk down the street, holding plastic bags in their hands. Irena sends a kiss to the camera. Irena with a woman and a man stand in the open air. A close-up of a bottle of Łomża beer. All three of them drink beer. The view from the top of the river. Warsaw. The First Communion of Agnieszka Żelazko, Zbigniew Hassa’s niece. The view of the church of St. Catherine. In front of the church, among the gathered people, there is Irena with her daughters. A yellow Fiat 125p (“Duży Fiat”) pulls up. Agnieszka gets out of it in a Communion dress. She walks towards the church, holding the hand of her mother, Elżbieta. Later they greet the family members. In front of the church, the priest sprinkles the children with holy water. Girls in Communion dresses enter the church. A shot of children leaving the church. Agnieszka and Elżbieta stand in front of the church. Their mother shows her a camera. Among those standing in front of the church, we can see Zbigniew’s parents (Stanisław and Janina) and Regina Hassa (Zbigniew’s grandmother). Open-air shots, in front of the house. Joasia, Kasia, Agnieszka and other children play badminton. 


keywords Poland, Warsaw, Łomża, winter camp, bison sanctuary, florist, bouquet, market, Łomża beer, bottle, drinking, , First Communion, church, St. Catherine’s Church, Fiat 125p, “Duży Fiat”, children, sprinkling with holy water, priest, family, badminton