Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival11th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 22 - April 28, 2012

Recycling LIfe: I Found Dostoyevsky in the Garbage - Copte Dostoyevski Buldum


Çöpte Dostoyevski Buldum

Boston Turkish Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition Best Documentary Award Winner

Directed by Enis Riza, Bahriye Kabadayi Dal (co-director)

Doc. / 2010 / 100 min. / with English subtitles

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Saturday, April 7, 2012, 1:00 p.m.

Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston


Oktay is an amalgamation of a beggar, a junk collector, a rubbish collector even a glue sniffer; he has begged on the streets, he has collected rubbish, he has sold paper, cuddled up to stray dogs.  Despite everything experienced, this dark eyed boy never gave up on life. His life changed in Istanbul through chance meetings with students and discarded books he found in the bins whilst collecting paper.  He read them and began to collect them for himself. Oktay’s tale challenges prejudices, opinions and those little or even ignored facts about these street workers- these street kids. This young man’s’ tale, in which he went from nobody to a somebody, shines a beacon of hope and understanding for all ready to listen.



  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey (2010)
  • 1001 Documentary Film Festival (2010)

Director ENİS RIZA

Enis RizaEnis Rıza was born in 1948 in Ankara. He attended sociology and philology courses at Hacettepe University. He started working on documentary and short films in the "Young Cinema" group in 1969. He still continues amateur studies of epic theatre which he first showed interest while in high school, and started by working as an apprentice of Vasıf Öngören in 1969. In 1972, two of his feature films and two of his documentaries generated various repercussions abroad where they were shown; "Another Sun", "They and Them", "Hello, Mountain Flower", "Turkey 1971"… Photography is another area of Enis Rıza's interests. He has had various exhibits in the United States and in France. He also participated in the "Production in Education" Program and lectures at various schools and institutions on photography, cinema and documentary film. Rıza has made documentaries uninterruptedly since 1970's.. He worked together with Süha Arın between 1978 to 1986. He contributed immensely while MTV was initiated in Turkey. In 1987 he established "VTR Film Directing- Research & Production" where he currently works as a director with Nalân Sakızlı, the executive producer. In 1996, Enis Rıza was involved in the founding of the Association of Documentary Filmmakers in Turkey, where he still is the spokes person and Chairman of the Board. He is also involved in "Agenda 21" program and many civic movements. He works especially on population exchange, immigration, street children, and near history. He also gives workshops on practical and theoretical oral history in documentary filmmaking, as well as workshops on documentary cinema and independent documentary film making. Enis Rıza is one of the founders of Babil- Social,Cultural and Artistic Works and Documentary Cinema Association. Currently, he is teaching Documentary Cinema at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts, and Marmara University International Relations and Political Science. He continues to make documentary films in VTR.




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