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; Romana Buda; Teodora Chmielewska; Zygmunt Buda; Bogdan Sobol; Janina Sobol
length 31'54
country Poland
year 1985
format 8 mm
color black and white; color
signature PAFD 0037 038

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.

An account of the early childhood of Piotr, Irmina and Jacek Buda’s son. 

Part 1

The film begins with a board with the date “85.02.17”. Winter outdoors. Irmina stands near Henryk Kuna’s sculpture “Rhythm” in Skaryszewski Park in Warsaw and adjusts Piotr’s clothes. The boy sits on a sledge and then walks in the snow. At home, Irmina cuts Piotr’s hair for the first time. Jacek’s parents, Zygmunt and Katarzyna, pose for the camera near the snowman that they made together with their grandson. They play with the boy on the playground in front of the block of flats and on the hill at ul. Kinowa, from which the boy goes sledging.

 Part 2

A board with the date “16 III 85”. Jacek walks with his son around the housing estate and tries to introduce him to his peers. The boy cries, which, as his dad recalls, was rare.

 Part 3

A board with the date “17 III 85”. Piotr plays with his mother in the apartment. 

Part 4

A board with the date “7 IV 85”. Easter walk around the Royal Baths Park in Warsaw. We can see Paweł and Ania (children of Jacek’s brother, Marek) and a nanny, Renia. Piotr, spotted by his mother, sits on a sculpture of a lion. Waterfall in the park in Wilanów. The following people pose for the camera: the uncle of the author of the film (Bogan Sobol) with his mother (Janina) and the wife of the same name, mother’s sister (aunt Tonia), Marek with his piggybacking son (Paweł), Marek’s wife (Romana) with their daughter (Ania), the nanny (Renata), and Irmina with Piotr.

 Part 5

A board with the date “23 V 85”. Piotr walks with his grandfather in Królikarnia park. Zygmunt shows his grandson flowering trees and shrubs. 

Part 6

A board with the date “28 VI 85”. Piotr walks with his dad and plays on a carousel, swing and a sandbox on the playground at the garden plots. The apartment of the Buda family. Irmina teaches Piotr how to use his potty.



keywords Poland  Warsaw  Skaryszewski Park  Royal Baths Park  Królikarnia  Wilanów  sledge  hill  fun  child  childhood  family  family life  blocks  blocks of flats  housing estate  sculpture  lion  playground  sandbox  swing  carousel  potty 
source of funding Polish Film Institute