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Monkey Business

Format: DVD | Streaming | Download
Length: 14:00
Grade Level: 7-12+ | Price: $ 15.00
Closed Captioned:

Streaming/DVD: English

What responsibilities come with freedom?

Can you imagine not being able to pursue the livelihood you'd like? Growing up in Czechoslovakia, controlled by the communistic Soviet Union, there was very little freedom or opportunity. Even after liberation brought democracy and the eventual split into two separate countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, times were tough.

But with the right changes, with increased economic freedom, things began to look up for Katarina Rybarikova and her family in Slovakia. Katarina's idea? To bring the Paul Frank brand, with its distinctive monkey logo, to Europe.

This DVD contains a bonus interview with the authors of the Fraser Institute's Economic Freedom of the World Report, explaining how the index works and the correlations they've discovered between economic freedom and people's well-being.

Subject Areas

Business / Family & Consumer Science


World History / Geography




Free Markets







Individual Responsibility


Soviet Union

Working with inner city urban youth, videos are a great way to generate interest. Reading skills and research skills are very often lacking and the video helps to spark the interest needed for further investigations into the subject.

Edmund Michalski
Kansas City, KS

Excellent video on the transition to capitalism.

Ray Milo
Ridgeway, CT

I think it is good for students to see how other countries gained their economic freedom and that it is not something that we should take for granted.

Gloria Weyand
Somerset, PA

I thought this movie did a good job showing the difference between communism and democracy in a language that high school students could understand and relate to.

Stephanie Hiemstra
Vinton, VA

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