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Locked Out! Roots of the Arab Spring

Format: DVD | Streaming | Download
Length: 14:00
Grade Level: 9-12+ | Price: $ 15.00
Closed Captioned:

Streaming/DVD: English

He just wanted to make a living.... Instead, he started the Arab Spring.

Tariq Mohamad Bouazizi sold fruits and vegetables from a pushcart in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. He couldn't afford the time (142 days to complete 54 procedural steps) or the money ($3,233—more than he made in a year) to register his business legally. He was Locked Out of the system.

Like the vast majority of people in the Middle East, he ran his business extra-legally and dealt with harassment from corrupt officials. On the fateful day of Dec. 17, 2010, his run-in with officials and resultant death sent shockwaves across the Middle East, plunging the region into strife and conflict as millions demanded change.

Discover the Roots of the Arab Spring—the story of Tariq Mohamad Bouazizi.

Subject Areas

Business / Family & Consumer Science


World History / Geography




Free Markets


Middle East


Rule of Law


Arab Spring

Economic Freedom


Global Economy

Human Rights


I appreciate the diversity of topics found on Izzit videos. This video shared an event I was unaware of and helped me broaden my own understanding of Middle Eastern culture. Students were also shown a video that explores the harm that regulations place on poorer people in larger economies like the United States. It might be interesting to make a health care video in the coming years to show how businesses were forced to limit part-time workers to 28 hours a week to prevent the Affordable Healthcare Act from harming their business.

James Garritson
Escondido, CA

Very timely presentation. It is always nice to have up to date topics to help students relate to the happenings in the world around them. Well done and Thank you!

Michael Eklund
Petaluma, CA

This video gave a completely different perspective on the "Arab Spring" It would seem that there is yet little economic change.

Arthur Evans
N Tonawanda, NY

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