The Cracow of John Paul II – author of the film

Kazimierz Janusz Bihun was born in Kraków in 1951. He has been an active filmmaker since the 1970s, first as a member of the amateur film club “PRACOWNIA FILMOWA” (FILM WORKSHOP) attached to the Student Film Centre of the Jagiellonian University “ROTUNDA” in Kraków. Later, for many years he worked as instructor and manager of the club. In 1991 he became an independent producer.
 
Winner of many prizes at documentary and short film festivals, in Poland and abroad:
 - HOLLYWOOD DREAMLAND (1997) – TELLY AWARD-98 in Cincinnati for best cinematography
 - ŻYCIE JEST TAKIE JAKIE JEST / LIFE IS WHAT IT IS (1989) – award for best cinematography at the Kraków Short Film Festival-89, III award at the Film Off Cinema Poznań-89, Grand Prix at Fabuła Chybie-89
- ZAGUBIONA DUSZA / THE LOST SOUL (1993) – a tribute to Krzysztof Klenczon, broadcast in TVP (Polish Television) several times
- PASJA WG AUGUSTYNA  / THE PASSION ACCORDING TO AUGUSTINE (1983) - II award at the Publicystyka-87 festival
- SPOSÓB NA ŻYCIE / WAY OF LIFE (1997) - II award at the Kochać Człowieka-97 festival
- CZAS NA CISZĘ / A TIME FOR SILENCE (2004) – award for best cinematography at the Kochać Człowieka-04 festival
- KONIE / HORSES (1979) - III award at the Student Film Festival Kraków-80

As a cameraman, he established a long-standing cooperation with TVP Kraków (he was the cameraman behind programmes such as: Piosenki na życzenie (Songs on request), Młodzieżowy Koncert Życzeń  (Teenage top list), Piosenki z walizki (Songs from a suitcase)) and TVP Warszawa (shooting of the Reports from Kraków series for the programme by Wojciech Mann and Krzysztof Materna – MdM).


He also filmed and edited recordings from many cultural events, concerts, theatrical performances, among which it is worth mentioning:
- recitals of the artists of the Piwnica Pod Baranami cabaret 
- the jubilee concert on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Piwnica Pod Baranami in the courtyard of the Wawel Royal Castle
- performances in the Bücklein Theatre and the National Stary (Old) Theatre in Kraków
- 20th and 25th anniversary concerts of the vocal and dance group "Małe Słowianki"
- Christmas carol and pastorale concert in the Basilica of St Francis in Kraków

KRAKÓW JANA PAWŁA II / THE CRACOW OF JOHN PAUL II, a nostalgic story about the places in Kraków  that are connected with one of the city’s most exceptional long-term residents, is a film especially dear to the artist’s heart. In 1951 he was baptized by young Father Karol Wojtyła in the parish church of St Florian in Kraków and throughout his entire life was a witness to many events which now gained historical importance. Some of them could be captured on film, many more remained in the mind and heart, but all contributed to the making of a film that is a wonderful tribute paid by one Kraków resident to another Kraków Resident ...


It is worth mentioning that Kazimierz J. Bihun is also the co-author of the film KINGA – ZIEM SĄDECKICH PANI / KINGA – THE LADY OF SĄDECKIE LANDS, which was presented to Pope John Paul II on June 16th 1999 in Stary Sącz, during the canonization ceremony of St Kinga.

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