Hassa Family Archive

collection Hassa Family Archive
authors Zbigniew Hassa
starring Irena Hassa; Zbigniew Hassa; Joanna Hassa; Katarzyna Hassa
length 13'28
location Poland
year 1983–1984
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0000 021
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 summer trip of the Hassa family to the seaside town of Mrzeżyno. The film shows Irena and Zbigniew Hassa and their daughters, Joanna and Katarzyna. Scenes from the beach. Kasia sits on the sand. Joasia plays with an inflatable ball. The girls go to the sea. Zbigniew with Kasia in his arms walks along the seashore. The girls play in the sand. Irena, with Kasia in her arms, stands in the water. Shots of Irena swimming in the sea. Later she is in the sea with Joasia and teaches her to swim. Irena with her daughters next to the sand castle. Joasia and Irena swim in the sea. Zbigniew plays with Joasia in the sea. Kasia sits on the sand next to Joasia, who is buried up to her neck. Shots of Irena with her daughters in the fishing port. They watch fishermen take fish out of a big net. Shots from the beach. Joasia and Kasia play with the sand. We can see the rough sea. Joasia dances in front of the camera. The sisters, holding hands, walk through the dunes. On the dune, we can see Irena and Joasia, sitting on a blanket behind the windbreak. Next to them, Kasia plays with the sand. The girls play with a ball. Joasia in front of a historic church (blurred shots). A short shot from a boat. We can see Irena with Joasia behind the barrier. Shots from a walk around the town. We can see Joasia walking. Joasia goes down and up the stairs leading to the beach. Sunset over the sea. Town. Kasia rocks on an elephant (coin-operated machine), Next to her, there is Irena with her friends. Shots from the beach. Girls play with the sand. Irena sits behind a windbreak. We can see that there is a strong wind. The girls fool around and dance in front of the camera. Irena and Kasia sit behind the windbreak. The girls run on the beach. An account of a zoo trip. These are probably shots from Warsaw. Irena with Kasia in her arms and Joasia stand by the cage with monkeys. Shots of a goat. Irena approaches a pony’s enclosure with the girls. They stroke its muzzle. The Mom and daughters at the horse enclosure. Later they watch elephants. Irena sits on a bench, adjusts the braces of Kasia’s dungarees. Joasia, who sits next to them, eats a sandwich.


keywords Poland, Warsaw, holiday, sea, beach, inflatable ball, playing with the sand, swimming, fishing port, windbreak, blanket, church, cruise ship, sunset, zoo, monkey, goat, pony, horse, elephant, cages, enclosure, food