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Details - Bayrak

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International Title: The Flag
Director: Köken Ergun
Running time: 9:00
Country of production: Turkey
Year of production: 2006
Production: Köken Ergun
Distribution: Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/TBA

Original title: Bayrak
International Title: The Flag
Country of production: Turkey
Type: Shortfilm
Category: Documentary
Genre: Art/Installation
Subject matter: Politics
Colour: Color and B&W


The Flag is the second part of the video series about the state-controlled national day ceremonies of the Turkish Republic. Shot during the April 23rdChildren’s Day, which marks the establishment of the new Turkish Parliament, and the official demise of the Ottoman Empire back in 1920, this split screen film documents a pompous patriotic performance devised by elders to be performed by children. Hosted by the mayor and governor of Istanbul, with the participation of a high ranking general, the ceremony features poems and oaths read out loud by primary schools students, while patriotism becomes a hard-lined nationalism. One of them; The Flag is recited passionately by a girl who vows to “destroy the nest of any bird who doesn’t salute [her country’s] flag in flight” and “dig the grave of anyone who doesn’t look at the flag the way [she does].”

Director Köken Ergun
Producer Köken Ergun
Distribution Joke Ballintijn (Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/TBA)