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Video: The Philosopher Kings (excerpt)


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Josue Lajeunesse is featured in the documentary "The Philosopher Kings," which tells the stories of eight janitors at U.S. universities. Special screenings will take place Dec. 9. Read more.


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Josue Lajeunesse:
My name is Josue Lajeunesse.

Josue Lajeunesse:
I've been at Princeton University for 14 years, going on 15.

Josue Lajeunesse:
I am 44 now.

Josue Lajeunesse:
I was born in Haiti.

Josue Lajeunesse:
When I was in my country, I never worked hard like that.

Josue Lajeunesse:
I go to my office like at 7 o'clock in the morning.

Josue Lajeunesse:
2:30 or 3 o'clock, I'm done.

Josue Lajeunesse:
Go home, off on the weekends.

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Josue Lajeunesse:
But here, I'm working 24/7.

Josue Lajeunesse:
I do not send money only for my kids.

Josue Lajeunesse:
I send money for my family also.

Josue Lajeunesse:
My brother, my sister, aunt, my nephew, my niece.

Josue Lajeunesse:
I support them.

(airport announcer)

Josue Lajeunesse:
I left Haiti in 1989.

Josue Lajeunesse:
It was so difficult.

(airport announcer)

News anchor:
Officials in southern Haiti say at least four people are dead

News anchor:
after demonstrations against rising food prices

News anchor:
turned into riots.

Narrator:
Haitians have been staging sporadic protests against

Narrator:
the soaring cost of food for two days running.

Narrator:
Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, and prices

Narrator:
for the basics have risen by 50 percent in the past year.

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Josue Lajeunesse:
My kids are the first priority in my life.

Hi, Daddy!

Josue Lajeunesse:
I love my kids so much.

Josue Lajeunesse:
It's my life.

Josue Lajeunesse:
I got some projects I do for poor families in Haiti, in

Josue Lajeunesse:
my town, where my dad used to live.

Josue Lajeunesse:
Me and my brother, we do that.

Josue Lajeunesse:
We started the project in 2005.

Josue Lajeunesse:
Now in the village almost 25, 30 families have good water.

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Josue Lajeunesse:
I believe everybody deserves to live right

Josue Lajeunesse:
and have food to eat.

(music)

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