Buda Family Archive

collection Buda Family Archive
authors Jacek Buda
starring Irmina Buda; Marek Buda; Jacek Buda; Piotr Buda; Anna Staszewska
length 23'48
country Poland
year 1983
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0037 033

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 “27 IX 83”. Irmina sits on a sofa bed and feeds her two-month-old son, Piotr, with a bottle. Then takes turns with Jacek, carrying him in her arms. Irmina washes and changes the baby.

 Part 2

A board with the date “16 IX 83”. An account of Piotr’s christening in the St. Anne’s Church in Krakowskie Przedmieście in Warsaw. The boy’s godparents were Jacek (Marek’s brother) and Anna (Irmina’s sister).

 Part 3

A board with the date “30 X 83”. Irmina comes out of the staircase of her block of flats and carefully slides the pram down the driveway by the stairs. Then she walks with the pram at the garden plots at ul. Ostrobramska and in Skaryszewski Park. In the background, we can see the sculpture “Rhythm” by Henryk Kuna standing by the pond. Close-ups of Piotr lying in a pram. Genre scenes in the apartment: the mom puts the baby in the crib, shows him toys and feeds him with a spoon.


keywords Poland  Warsaw  Skaryszewski Park  Grochów  Kamionek  St. Anne’s Church  garden plots  sculpture  pond  walk  child  toys  pram  bottle  feeding  church  christening  priest  family holiday  family life 
source of funding Polish Film Institute