Jastrzębscy Family Archive

collection Jastrzębscy Family Archive
authors Andrzej Jastrzębski
starring Ewa Jastrzębska, Diana Jastrzębska, Marianna Jastrzębska, Sabina Jastrzębska
length 20'21
location Poland
year 1984
format S8 mm
color color
signature PAFD 0029 014
source of funding Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

The author of the film is Andrzej Jastrzębski – a jazz tuba player, photography and old car enthusiast – who immortalized family memories using a Zenit camera and an 8 mm camera. 

Part 1 

An account of a family holiday in Dębki in 1984. Andrzej’s wife, Ewa, is gutting fish in front of the caravan. On the way back to Warsaw, the family is having a break from their journey outdoor.

Part 2 

Andrzej’s daughter, Marianna, is walking with her mother to the start of the school year ceremony. Shots of children sitting in school desks. After the ceremony at the primary school, the girl and her mother are attending the start of the year at the Karol Kurpinski State Music School No. 4 in Warsaw. Marianna with her schoolbag on her back is going to school. 

Part 3 

An account of the funeral of Father Jerzy Popiełuszko on 3 November 1984 in Żoliborz, Warsaw. Shots of crowds of worshippers in the streets and balconies of surrounding blocks of flats; many of the gathered people are holding banners, and white and red flags can be seen hanging from the fence of St Stanislaus Kostka Church.

Part 4  

Filmed during Christmas 1984; Marianna with her sisters Diana and Sabina are distributing presents to the family. Sabina and Diana are sitting at the kitchen table eating pudding.

Part 5 

A film made around Christmas time in 1985. Shots of family members in the flat against a backdrop of a dressed Christmas tree. Marianna and Diana are sledding down the estate hill. 

Part 6

Film shot in winter 1986 during the Jastrzębskis’ visit to their friends, the Beneszs, in Anin, near Warsaw. The two families are spending time in the flat and posing at the camera. 

After returning home, Marianna and her sister Diana watch their brother Leszek lying on the bed and are watching their mother bathing the boy. 



keywords Poland, Dębki, Warsaw, Żoliborz, Christmas, school, music school, start of school year, gifts, winter, snow, sled, hill, Christmas tree, presents, holidays, beach, sea, fun, child, baby, bath, changing, funeral, faithful, crowds, banner, flag