Krajewscy Family Archive

collection Krajewscy Family Archive
authors Jarosław Krajewski
starring Jarosław Krajewski
length 10'10
location Poland
year 1966–1967
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0024 030
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. 

Part 1

Genre scenes, which Jarosław Krajewski recorded in 1966–1967, when he received his first camera at the age of 14. At that time, he filmed family events related to a visit of a relative from West Berlin. The place of action is the Poznań districts of Wydmy and Janikowo, still located peripherally, resembling rural areas. Family members sometimes patiently pose for the camera, sometimes fool around and interact with the cameraman, and sometimes just don’t seem to notice him. Typical genre scenes from the family life: playing with a dog or cat, conversations in the house staircase and in the yard, where chickens run, a shared meal, a walk along dirt roads. And at the end, there is a shot of a bus, whose departure is also the end of the relative’s visit. 

Part 2

Films from Warsaw made in 1966–1967. Typical genre scenes from a tourist trip to the capital: an obligatory shot of the Palace of Culture and Science, rest near the Palace on the Isle at Royal Baths Park and finally a visit to the zoo, which aroused the greatest interest of the cameraman, the young Jarosław Krajewski. We have the opportunity to see: playing with a small predatory cat, a hippopotamus, a lion enclosure and polar bears bathing and walking in their enclosure. Then we get near the Column of Sigismund III Vasa and we can see the remaining buildings of the Old Town (the Royal Castle was not yet rebuilt at that time). The stay in Warsaw ends with a visit to the Powązki Military Cemetery, where we can see the tombstones of Bolesław Bierut, Xawery Dunikowski, Aleksander Zawadzki and the Gloria Victis monument.


keywords Poland, Warsaw, Poznań, Wydmy district, Janikowo district, West Berlin, family, chickens, Old Town, Column of Sigismund III Vasa, zoo, animals, Palace of Culture and Science, PKiN, Powązki, Powązki Military Cemetery, Palace on the Isle, Royal Baths Park, trip, Bolesław Bierut, Xawery Dunikowski, Aleksander Zawadzki