Dictionary of Waste: Recycling Definitions and Images

Original title: "Atık Sözlüğü: Tanımların ve İmajların Geri Dönüşümü"

Directed by

Alper Şen

Born in Ankara. He studied Political Science at the Middle East Technical University and Film and Television at Ankara University. Since 1999, he has made numerous videos and documentaries with various film collectives, artists and filmmakers for a national and international audience, and documentaries on subjects such as urban regeneration, the environment, immigration, labor, social struggles, archive and memory.

Cinematography by


Edited by

Alper Şen

Music by

No Music

Main cast

Laborers of Recycling Sector

Color: colored, Running time: 68 Minutes, Format: HD, Countries: Turkey, Languages: Turkish

Gülen Güler Gülen Güler is a producer, known for Tashkafa: Stories of the Street (Documentary - 2013), 2 Girls (Feature Film - 2005) Cuba (Video Installation) and Singled [Out] (Documentary - 2017).
Production company(s)

Yalan Dünya Film Production


Alper Şen


Antalya International Film Festival (2019), Istanbul International Film Festival (2020)


Dictionary of Waste meanders among garbage containers, waste pickers, secondhand shops and invisible stories to investigate the recycling process in İstanbul. The film takes the P.O.V. of a city resident, who sets out from the street where he lives in Beyoğlu for the Umraniye garbage dump where 39 people were killed in an explosion in 1993. Every stop on the way produces another definition of recycling/waste.

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