Buda Family Archive

collection Buda Family Archive
authors Jacek Buda
starring Anna Buda; Irmina Buda; Jacek Buda; Paweł Buda; Piotr Buda
length 20'54
country Poland
year 1983
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0037 032

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 “12 XI 83”. Little Piotr lies in a pram on the balcony of the apartment. In the background, we can see the snow falling for the first time this year. The panorama of the surrounding blocks of flats.

 Part 2

A board with the date “30 XI 83”. The mom walks with the pram around the estate. Close-ups of the baby’s face in the pram. After returning home, the mother undresses the baby from warm winter clothes. Parents take turns playing with their son in the apartment. 

Part 3 

A board with the date “6 XII 83”. The woman puts drops into the nose of her child lying in the crib. Then takes turns with her husband and carries her son in her arms and hugs him. 

Part 4

A board with the date “25 XII 83”. Christmas Day. Elegantly dressed parents show their child Christmas balls hanging on the Christmas tree. The couple is joined by Ania and Paweł (children of Marek, Jacek’s brother), who look at the little boy and play on the sofa bed. Irmina with Piotr in her arms stands by the Christmas tree. The boy pulls the hanging ornaments.


keywords Poland  Warsaw  Christmas  family  family life  child  children  walk  snow  winter  pram  balcony  blocks  housing estate  Christmas tree  Christmas balls 
source of funding Polish Film Institute