The Man Who Would Be Prime Minister: Dominican Doc ‘Pappy’

Julien Neaves, Caribbean Head Writer

What happens to a dream deferred?

Langston Hughes, Harlem

There’s something fascinating about someone with a seemingly impossible dream that refuses to let go of it. And that is definitely the case with Lennard “Daddy Pappy” “Pappy” Baptiste who tried to become prime minister of his native Dominica for more than 30 years. Sandra Vivas’ 2015 documentary Pappy provides a slice of this intriguing character. Pappy, a former senator, former supermarket owner and used clothing salesman with his taxi-yellow campaign car makes for quite a study. This is a man convinced of his qualification for his nation’s highest post and, despite a few kind words from passers-by, his support at the polls have never risen above paltry. Yet he strives on, even adding the legislation of marijuana to his platform and promising hundreds of thousands of jobs.

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And while the short seems to be going in one direction (an exploration of Pappy’s impossible dream) there are some twists at the end that I was not expecting. And no, it does not end with him becoming prime minister; this is not a fantasy movie. But it is a well-done documentary and I think you will enjoy spending 10 minutes with Pappy.

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Julien “Editor Jules” Neaves is a TARDIS-flying, Force-using Trekkie whose bedroom stories were by Freddy Krueger, learned to be a superhero from Marvel, but dreams of being Batman. I love promoting Caribbean film (Cariwood), creating board games and I am an aspiring author. I say things like “12 flavours of awesome sauce”. Read more.

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