The Flag


9 mins
6.2 / 10 (39)


This work was shot during Children’s Day on 23 April, a festive day celebrating the forming of the Turkish parliament and the official end – in 1920 – of the Ottoman Empire. On this day, children perform pompous patriotic rituals that were conceived by the elders.

MUBI's take

In The Flag, immediate observations and impressions during a state ritual morph into a universal commentary on ultra-nationalism. Completing Köken Ergun’s brilliantly constructed I, Soldier, this 9 minute-long video problematizes the Turkish education system’s militaristic curriculum.

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