The film begins dramatically: A Turkish flag flies beautifully, high above Istanbul from atop a colossal pole. A scary-looking man in a black suit and black gloves walks menacingly toward the pole, takes out a metal bar and breaks the mechanism for raising and lowering the flag. The flag begins to fall in slow motion as citizens watch in shock and horror. At that moment, Erdogan’s voice is heard reciting a passage from the Turkish national anthem:
Friend! Don’t let scoundrels into my country!
Shield with your body, let this shameless invasion stop.
Days which God has promised to give you will dawn;
Who knows, maybe tomorrow, maybe sooner than tomorrow.
Upon hearing these powerful lines, Turks from all walks of life drop whatever they are doing and run toward the giant flagpole from everywhere — parks, classrooms, offices, farms, mosques and villages. Many of them jump into the waters of the Bosporus to swim across. They all unite around the pole and begin climbing on top of one another, forming a human pyramid. (Some have jokingly suggested that the scene looks like the zombie tower in the Hollywood thriller World War Z.) At last, a young man reaches the top, grasps the dangling chord and jumps from the pyramid — likely sacrificing himself — to raise the falling flag.