Matuszni Family Archive

collection Matuszni Family Archive
authors Antoni Matuszny
starring Stanisław Juraszek; Jan Krauz; Antoni Matuszny; Elżbieta Matuszna; Teresa Skrzypek; Stanisław Skrzypek; Elżbieta Wojciuch; Franciszek Wojciuch; Jadwiga Wojciuch
length 04'58
location Poland
year 1979
format 8 mm
color color
signature PAFD 0015 028
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.

A film made during the Christmas holidays of 1979 in Cięcina. Elżbieta Matuszna places a platter of apples on the table and shares the wafer with her husband Antoni. As the filmmaker recalls, this was their first Christmas together after their marriage in August of the same year. Shots of the Christmas tree and festive decorations in the room. The Matusznys are joined by other family members – Elżbieta and Franciszek Wojciuch (Elżbieta Matuszna’s parents), Elżbieta Wojciuch’s mother Maria, Elżbieta’s aunt Rozalia with her daughter Krystyna, sister Franciszka with her husband Stanisław Juraszek, Elżbieta Wojciuch’s sister with her husband Jan Krauz, and uncle Karol Pawlik. Shots of disguisers accosting people walking to church. On New Year’s Eve, the Matusznys are visited by Elżbieta’s sister Jadwiga Wojciuch and neighbors and distant relatives, Teresa and Stanisław Skrzypek. Antoni opens the champagne. A shot of a greeting card. 

(KN, AT)



keywords Poland; Cięcina; family life; family; Christmas; Christmas tree; wafer; winter; New Year’s Eve; party; wishes; champagne; disguise; tradition