Leśkiw Family Archive

collection Leśkiw Family Archive
authors Bazyli Leśkiw
starring Bazyli Leśkiw; Maria Leskiw; Mirosława Leśkiw; Alina Leśkiw; Jarosław Leśkiw; Anna Smolak
length 09'43
country Poland
year 1983
format S8 mm
color color
signature PAFD 0021 001

Bazyli and Maria Leśkiw, their children: Mirosława, Alina and Jarosław, Maria Leśkiw’s family: Anna Smolak (her mother), her sister and her husband.

Bazyli Leśkiw (07.12.1944–02.02.1998), an author was a construction technician by profession, a photography enthusiast. He documented family celebrations and opened his own photo studio, where he took commemorative photos as well as photos for official documents. At the beginning of 1980s, he bought a LOMO 215 Super 8 camera, which he used for the undermentioned films. Together with his wife, Maria, who was a teacher, they lived and worked in Ińsko. The Leśkiw family lived in the village of Budynin, situated on the Polish-Ukrainian border until Operation Vistula in 1947. They were deported to the village of Ścienne near Ińsko. Bazyli’s parents and siblings returned to their home village in the 1960s. However, Bazyli remained in Western Pomerania, as he attended a secondary school in Szczecin. Then he met a teacher from Ińsko, Maria, whose family had also been resettled during Operation Vistula (from Wola Matiaszowa in the Lesko County, Solina District to the village of Osieki in Pomerania).

The film was shot in the summer of 1983 and presents genre scenes from the Leśkiw family’s life: swimming in the lake, rowing a boat and motorbike rides, fishing, children’s games on a bike and on a swing, visits to their summer house, after church Sunday walks along ul. Ińska and ul. Bytowa, harvest at the family’s place in the countryside, visiting the family home of the author’s wife – Maria (we can see her walking with her blind mother, Anna, around the homestead), until the beginning of the school year, when the author’s son, Jarosław, takes the oath, and the daughter, Alina (first from the right) raises the national flag.


keywords Ińsko  Osieki  operation Vistula  Bytów  town  countryside  lake  boat  fishing rod  fishing  bike  swing  dog  bath  pier  mattress  summer house  sunflowers  church  ice cream  harvest  weeder  horse  school  standard  flag  beach 
source of funding Ministry of Culture and National Heritage