Matuszni Family Archive

collection Matuszni Family Archive
authors Antoni Matuszny
starring Elżbieta Matuszna; Ludwik Matuszny
length 03'37
location Poland
year 1980
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0015 020
source of funding Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Antoni Matuszny, who came from the Beskid village of Laliki, was interested in photography since he was a child. As he recalls, he wanted to save the life of his family and the countryside in the 1970s from oblivion. At the age of thirteen, he bought the first camera, and when he was 24 – the camera of the Soviet Quarz 5.

Film made in 1980 in Cięcina. 

Part 1 

Shots from the window of neighborhood children pouring water over each other on Easter Monday.

Part 2 

A pregnant Elżbieta leaves the school building in Cięcina Górna, where she worked as a mathematics teacher, and gets into a parked car. 

Part 3 

Antoni’s father Ludwik drives the manure on cart to Elżbieta ‘s parents’ greenhouse. Antoni distributes the manure around the greenhouse with a wheelbarrow. 

(KN, AT)


keywords Poland, Cięcina, village, Easter Monday, Dingus Day, water, pouring, fun, tradition, school, work, cart, manure, family life, family