Hassa Family Archive

collection Hassa Family Archive
authors Zbigniew Hassa
starring Irena Hassa; Joanna Hassa; Katarzyna Hassa
length 10'11
location Poland
year 1985
format 8 mm
color color
signature PAFD 0000 019
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 camp trip to Tęgoborz, in which Joanna and Katarzyna participated, and their mother, Irena Hassa, was an educator. Open-air scenes. Irena and her daughters sit on a tree trunk, accompanied by a woman with a child. Joasia holds a Barbie doll in her hand. Kasia lies down on Joasia’s lap. Women with children walk through the bushes. Scenes from a camp meeting in front of the school building. Irena, who was one of the educators at the camp, talks to a group of children. Shots of children and educators waiting for the meeting. Joasia and Kasia walk down an alley in a small park. Children from the camp sunbathe and play badminton. A close-up of the plaque on the façade of the building below the emblem of the People’s Republic of Poland with the inscription: “Collective Municipal School of the Polish Committee of National Liberation in Tęgoborz”. Later, we can see the children lined up in a double row and Irena, standing in front of them. Pool shots. Joasia swims and jumps into the water, putting her arms into an arrow. Irena puts Kasia in an inflatable wheel. While swimming, she pulls her behind her. Open-air shots. A board with the name of the town: “Tęgoborze”. Irena, holding Kasia’s hand, leads a camp group. Sightseeing trip. The group stopped in front of a small white roadside chapel / church, then in front of a country cottage. Kasia stands next to a “tourist attraction” dressed in a T-shirt and hat, a monkey sits on a donkey, harnessed to a small carriage. Irena and other camp educators sit on blankets in swimming suits. The view from the window of the coach in which the camp group goes on a trip, of the mountains and the lake. Shots from the tourist ship. We can see sailing boats and a windsurfer passing by. A shot from above showing the passengers of the ship. The group leaves the ship. Irena goes with Kasia in her arms. A trip of the camp group to Cracow. We can see the outline of Wawel. The group, among them Joasia, Kasia and Irena, visits the grotto of the Wawel dragon. A shot of the dragon monument. Shots from Cracow, church towers, sculptures, streets. A historic horse-drawn vehicle passes through the Cracow market square. Irena, with her daughters and children from the camp, sit on the market, eating and feeding pigeons. Irena and Joasia crouch down and feed pigeons. The panorama of the market. A short shot. Children bathe in the lake.


keywords Poland, Tęgoborze, summer camps, holiday, meeting, badminton, PRL emblem, school, swimming pool, inflatable wheel, swimming, chapel, cottage house, straw thatch, monkey, donkey, picnic, mountains, lake, boat trip, sailboat, windsurfing, Cracow, Wawel Castle, Wawel dragon, market, church, horse, food, pigeons