Buda Family Archive

collection Buda Family Archive
authors Jacek Buda
starring Anna Buda; Irmina Buda; Jacek Buda; Katarzyna Buda; Piotr Buda; Zygmunt Buda
length 23'40
country Poland
locations Warsaw, Poland 
year 1984
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0037 036

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 “28 II 84”. Irmina changes her son and plays with him on the floor with various toys, among others, with an inflatable ball and a riding ladybug. Jacek lifts Piotr up and kisses him.

 Part 2

A board with the date “30 III 84”. Scenes from the visit of Jacek’s parents, Katarzyna and Zygmunt, together with their granddaughter and Ania (the daughter of Jacek’s brother, Marek). The grandma and cousin entertain little Piotr, who lies on the floor on a blanket with a rattle and a hammer that makes sounds. Zygmunt holds his grandson in his arms.

 Part 3

A board with the date “14 IV 84”. Piotr crawls on the floor, then stands in the crib and smiles at his mother and dad, who films him. The boy tries to walk around the room, holding his mother’s hand.


keywords Poland  Warsaw  child  motherhood  parents  grandparents  family  family life  toys  fun  ball  ladybug  hammer  baby cot 
source of funding Polish Film Institute