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O Rei das Berlengas

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[O Rei das Berlengas
image by Jorge Candeias

This is a flag that I'm sure none of you has ever seen. It appears in a pre-revolutionary portuguese movie called 'O Rei das Berlengas' (the King of the Berlengas). It is a comedy about someone that one fine day decides to become king of the Berlengas archipelago. At the time, it had very subtle political implications. The archipelago really exists, it is a group of very small islands offshore the portuguese coast near the city of Peniche. In the larger island there is an ancient fort (where was filmed most part of the movie, now partially converted into a resthouse), and a lighthouse. Back when the movie was made, lived there only one person, the guard of the lighthouse. Today, there is no-one living there permanentely. It only recieves visits from scientists (it has been declared natural park because of the sea birds that nest there) and in summer a very restrict number of tourists. The flag is white over green, with a rising (or is it falling?) sun in the white half.
Jorge Candeias, 08 August 1998

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