Bełżeccy Family Archive

collection Bełżeccy Family Archive
authors Zbigniew Bełżecki
starring Zbigniew Bełżecki; Jadwiga Bełżecka; Marzena Kawalerowicz; Stanisław Bartkowski
length 00:16:09
location Poland
year 1969; 1974
format 8 mm
color color
signature PAFD 0006 008
source of funding Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Part 1

A holiday trip to Międzyzdroje in 1974, the only one in which Zbigniew Bełżecki participated, who definitely preferred Masuria to the seaside. Typical genre scenes from a trip to the Baltic Sea: beach rest, bathing, walking and Marzena playing beach volleyball.

Part 2

Scenes from a trip near Zakopane around 1969, which Zbigniew and Jadwiga Bełżecki with their daughter, Marzena, took part in. Marzena poses in a swimsuit against the background of the panorama of the mountains. Bathed in the sun, sits in the snow and paints. The family walks in the forest and stands over a partially frozen stream. The film was probably made in autumn, as indicated by the vegetation stage.

Part 3

Międzyzdroje, 1974. Typical scenes from a seaside trip: rest on the beach, bathing and wading in the water, Marzena with her boyfriend.

Part 4

A picnic and rest by the river, probably 1969, and a visit to a cousin near Wieliczka. Playing with a child, bathing with an inflatable lifebuoy – a duck. Marzena lies on a mattress and sunbathes. 

Part 5

Again Zakopane, around 1969. In front of the camera, we can see Marzena’s father, Zbigniew, who was most likely filmed by Marzena’s then boyfriend. The family talks, hugs, jokes and rests on blankets on the grass. As part of the picnic, the family also makes a bonfire, traditionally adding wet leaves to enhance its visual qualities. The film shows carelessness and joy of spending time together.




keywords Poland, Wieliczka, Zakopane, Baltic Sea, mountains, holiday, rest, tourism, weekend, swimming, volleyball, walk, beach basket, windbreak, mountains, bonfire, smoke, snow, lifebuoy, sunbathing