Krajewscy Family Archive

collection Krajewscy Family Archive
authors Jarosław Krajewski
starring Jarosław Krajewski; Paula Krajewska; Zuzanna Krajewska
length 09'10
location Poland
year 1986
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0024 022
source of funding Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

The author of the film is Jarosław Krajewski (born in 1952 in Poznań). As a teenager, he received his first camera as a gift from his parents. Since then, he has filmed important events and family life: weddings, holiday trips to the Powidz area, as well as his daughters, Paula and Zuzanna, growing up. Jarosław was interested in journalism. In his youth, he belonged to the Club of Youth Journalists (KDM), later he worked, among others, in the office and the company newspaper in a furniture factory and as a tour guide in Europe. He currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

1986. A film from Jarosław Krajewski’s trip with his wife and daughters to Białowieża, at the invitation of a friend – a dendrologist working at the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). The family hitchhiked there from Poznań. The film begins with a sequence from Stara Białowieża, where children and tourists hang around near an information board, surrounded by an old, majestic stand of trees. The camera slowly films people sitting in a circle at the entrance to the forest. Genre scenes from a family trip, snapshots from Białystok and numerous shots from Białowieża: walks around the city, rest at the accommodation, playing in a shallow children’s pool and visiting the farmstead, where children have the opportunity to observe the living symbol of the forest – the lowland bison.


keywords Poland; Białystok; Białowieża; Stara Białowieża; dendrology; bison; swimming pool; trees; primaeval forest; nature; holiday; rest; Polish Academy of Sciences; PAN