Buda Family Archive

collection Buda Family Archive
authors Zygmunt Buda
starring Jacek Buda; Katarzyna Buda; Marek Buda; Jolanta Chmielewska; Teodora Chmielewska; Franciszek Stafisz; Łucja Stafisz
length 15'27
country Poland
locations Sierpc, Poland  Warsaw, Poland 
year 1955
format 16 mm
color black and white; color
signature PAFD 0037 001

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 was recorded in the forest near Sierpc in the summer of 1955. Zygmunt, Katarzyna, Jacek and Marek Budowie, together with Franciszek and Łucja Stafisz (Katarzyna’s father and wife), Jola Chmielewska, her mother Tonia (Katarzyna’s sister) and friends’ children from Sierpc gather berries together and rest in the fresh air. Children wave to the train passing by.

Part 2

Jacek and Marek are walking with their parents in the Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw. In the background you can see the fountain at the Palace on the Water. The boys and their mother feed the carp in the pond.

Part 3

Recording from Zygmunt and Katarzyna’s short holiday in Konstancin near Warsaw. Jacek and Marek are playing on the stairs and sliding down the slide.

Part 4

Marek is playing on the swing hanging on the door frame, together with the daughter of the Remiszewskis, from whom the Budowie rented a room at that time in an apartment at Iwicka Street in Warsaw.

Part 5

Film recorded during the Christmas holidays in 1955. Katarzyna enters a room in an apartment on Iwicka Street, dressed as Santa Claus. A woman gives Jacek and Marek gifts. The boys are talking to Santa and playing with their new toys.



keywords Poland  Warsaw  Sierpc  Royal Łazienki Park  Konstancin  Christmas  Christmas tree  Santa Claus  gifts  family  family life  walk  fountain  train  tracks  fun  swing  child  childhood  park  forest  berries  carp 
source of funding Ministry of Culture and National Heritage