Buda Family Archive

collection Buda Family Archive
authors Jacek Buda
starring Anna Buda; Irmina Buda; Jacek Buda; Katarzyna Buda; Marek Buda; Paweł Buda; Piotr Buda; Zygmunt Buda; Teodora Chmielewska; Anna Staszewska; Elżbieta Staszewska; Franciszek Staszewski; Bogdan Sobol; Janina Sobol
length 23'01
location Poland
year 1984
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0037 031
source of funding Polish Film Institute

Zygmunt Buda was born in Poznań in 1924 and was interested in photography since his childhood. From 1941, he worked in the Poznań photographic company Foto-Stewner, founded by Ernest Stewner. After the end of the war, he worked as a photographer in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, from which, in the 50s, he was dismissed for political incorrectness. From the 60s, he worked in the Film Services Department at the corner of Marszałkowska and Krucza streets in Warsaw. Zygmunt recorded films with a business camera with a 16-millimeter tape and a private SANYO camera with an 8-millimeter tape, which he received as a gift from a family living in the USA. His sons, Jacek and Marek, as well as the next generations of the Buda family, also became enthusiasts of filming family life.

Part 1

The film begins with a board with the date “3 I 84”. Irmina and Jacek play with their five-month-old son Piotr, showing him sparkles and various toys. In the background, we can see a festively dressed Christmas tree. The dad plays the guitar to the boy.

 Part 2

A board with the date “21 I 84”. A winter walk in the forest in the Groty area. Irmina walks with a pram. Next to her, there are dogs, Bari and Bastek, who jump on her and on the pram. Apart from Irmina and little Piotr in a pram, there is Ania (Irmina’s sister) and Elżbieta with Franciszek (Irmina’s parents). The family is also accompanied by their cat, Basil.

Part 3

A board with the date “25 I 84”. Irmina with little Piotr on her lap sits at the kitchen table. The boy with the help of his mother drinks from a glass. Genre scenes from the visit of the boy’s grandparents, who carry him in their arms and show him toys.

 Part 4

A board with the date “25 II 84”. A visit to the apartment of Jacek’s parents, Zygmunt and Katarzyna Buda, at ul. Puławska in Warsaw. Shots of family members: Marek (Jacek’s brother) with his children (Paweł and Ania), Janina Sobol with her husband (Bogdan) and Teodora Chmielewska (Katarzyna’s sisters). Piotr and his mother sit on a blanket spread out on the floor. Irmina entertains her son with a teddy bear, then the boy crawls on a blanket. Ania smiles at the camera and strokes Piotr’s head. The family spends time together playing with the children. Irmina, Jacek and Katarzyna pose with their children for the camera.



keywords Poland, Warsaw, winter, walk, dogs, cat, pram, child, children, fun, toys, family, family life, Christmas, Christmas tree, sparkles, guitar