The nature of patriotism and how nationalism is taught to youngsters is examined in this short documentary from filmmaker Koken Ergun. Bayrak (aka The Flag) offers a glimpse of annual ceremonies held in Turkey to celebrate the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the creation of the nation's parliament. April 23 is Children's Day, and kids from all across the nation are brought to Istanbul to take part in solemn ceremonies honoring their nation, flag and government -- presentations that the kids have no role in creating. At what point does this celebration of national pride turn into a propaganda ritual? Bayrak (aka The Flag) was screened in competition at the 2007 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
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