Pisarek Family Archive

collection Pisarek Family Archive
authors Walery Pisarek
starring Dorota Krzywicka-Kaindel; Mary Ellen Trozzo; Krystyna Pisarkowa; Wanda Chaciewicz z Bagińskich; Konstancja z Kamińskich Harrerowa; Piotr Krzywicki; Joachim Krzywicki; Łukasz Jabcoń; Stanisława Jabcoń;
length 15'55
country Poland
year 1981-1987
format 8 mm
color color
signature PAFD 0005 012

Walery Pisarek was a well-known linguist, media expert and popularizer of science. He bought a camera in the early 60s, during a business trip to Hungary, where he went as the artistic director of the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Nowa Huta community centre.

Part 1 

Bystra Podhalańska, 1981. Dorota Pisarek with her mother, Krystyna, and her friend, an American, Ellen Tozzo, with wicker baskets in their hands fool around in front of the camera. 

Part 2

The film was made during a parish fair in Jordanów. Krystyna Pisarek watches a stall and pretends to shoot a toy rifle. Krystyna is accompanied by Łukasz and Stasia Jabcoń. Shots of the Jabcońs’ house in Bystra Podhalańska, where the Pisarek couple rented a room for many years. The couple walks by the Bystrzanka stream. Krystyna walks on the stones in the stream. 

Part 3 

The film was made during a holiday in the Suwałki region, in Radziucie by Gaładuś Lake, in 1983. Krystyna eats from the pan, adjusts the clothes drying on the tent ropes. She approaches Walery, who films her, and shows her tongue to the camera. A shot of the Pisareks’ family car – Fiat 125p (aka Big Fiat). Krystyna, with rollers on her head, does morning gymnastics and combs her hair by the tent. 

Part 4

The film was made in Jaszczów, the family estate of Walery Pisarek, in the summer of 1983. Krystyna gets out of the Fiat parked at the entrance to the manor, after a while she leaves the house with a black box on a leash. Walery’s mother, Wanda Chaciewiczowa, gets into the car. 

Part 5

Krystyna and her mother, Konstancja Harrerowa, visit a chapel in Sidzina.

Part 6 

A holiday tent trip. Krystyna spends time camping. During a walk, she tries to stroke a young bull encountered in the field and catches fish from the boat. 

Part 7 

Family holidays in Winiary near Cracow in 1986. Walery and Krystyna Pisarek with their daughter, Dorota, and her husband, Piotr Krzywicki, walk around the town. It’s Walery who films first, and later on it’s Piotr. A shot of Krystyna’s mother, Konstancja Harrerowa, with Piotr, fooling around in front of the camera. Walery sits on a lawn chair with his grandson Joachim on his lap. A family walk to the river. Konstancja rests on a lawn chair, and Joachim plays with his dad and grandfather by the river. 

Part 8 

The Ruczaj-Zaborze housing estate in Cracow, 1987. Krystyna and Dorota walk with Joachim. The grandma shows her grandson various faces and teaches him how to whistle. 

(AT, KN)



keywords Poland  Podhale  Sidzina  Cracow  Winiary  Suwalszczyzna  Jaszczów  Bystra Podhalańska  Gaładuś Lake  Radziucie  holidays  summer  free time  walk  stream  chapel  camping  boat  fishing  lawn chair  child  family 
source of funding Polish Film Institute