Łapkiewicz Family Archive

collection Łapkiewicz Family Archive
authors Jerzy Łapkiewicz
starring Jan Paweł II
length 02'45
location Poland
year 1983
format S8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0026 009
source of funding Polish Film Institute

The author of the film is Jerzy Łapkiewicz, who filmed the events of his family’s life with a Quarz Zoom camera and Super 8 tape, borrowed from a colleague, who bought it in the Foto-Optyka shop.

The film was made during the second pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II to Poland, to which Jerzy Łapkiewicz came from Toruń to Cracow by train. A crowd of the faithful with papal flags and banners, children sitting on their parents’ shoulders. In the distance, there are several-storey blocks of flats belonging to the Tysiąclecia housing estate in Cracow’s Mistrzejowice district. There is the church of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe along with a field altar set outside, next to which there are church dignitaries. Shots of the gathered people. Some of them enter the roof of a small, one-storey building. Shots of Solidarity flags and a crowd of people with raised hands in a gesture of victory. Between the hands of the gathered, we can see the altar and Pope John Paul II speaking. 



keywords Poland, Cracow, Mistrzejowice, pilgrimage, pope, John Paul II, Karol Wojtyła, church, block of flats, flags, banners, Solidarność, the faithful, crowd