Buda Family Archive

collection Buda Family Archive
authors Jacek Buda
starring Irmina Buda; Piotr Buda; Elżbieta Staszewska
length 18'36
location Poland
year 1983
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0037 035
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 boards with inscriptions “31 VII 1983, 1:05, the birth of Piotr”, “11:15”. Central Railway Hospital in Międzylesie. Shots from the hospital room of an infant lying on a bed, close-ups of the child’s face.

 Part 2

A board with the inscription “10 VIII 83, the first day at home”. Scenes from the Buda family’s apartment, where a vase full of white roses was waiting for Irmina to welcome her. The woman carries her son in her arms, feeds him with a bottle and sits with the baby in her arms on the balcony. In the background, we can see drying diapers.

 Part 3

A board with the inscription “13 VIII 83, the first walk”. Mom walks with her son in a pram around the housing estate and ul. Międzyborska. In the background, we can see the building of Irmina’s High School. Irmina with her mother, Elżbieta, bathes little Piotr in a baby bathtub. Then she feeds the boy with a bottle on a bench at the Chopin monument in the Royal Baths Park and walks with her son in her arms by the pond. Shots of a child in a pram and in his mother’s arms.


keywords Poland, Warsaw, Międzylesie, Royal Baths Park, Chopin Monument, Central Railway Hospital, mother, motherhood, hospital, child, infant, birth, baby bathtub, bath, walk, pram, park, pond, bench, bottle, pacifier