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This was perhaps one more way to think of communism in Kerala at a time of growing inequality and religious division in India and around the world. "It's a failed dream," Neerad said. "But it's our only hope." Isaac had been reluctant to see a movie that makes fun of his party, but his daughter, who was visiting from New York, pressed him to go. "She found it to be a hilarious take on us," he said. Isaac's views were more com- plicated. "We should be able to joke about ourselves," he said. He paused and thought some more. The aging communist had never been prouder of the party's achievements or more worried about its future. One hundred years after the birth of the first communist state, the movie's heroes - its "losing believers" - seemed "very familiar," Isaac said. "They feel true." Men work at Communist party headquarters in Pinarayi Village in September. (Vivek Singh/For TheWashington Post) Greg Jaffe | The Washington Post Vidhi Doshi | The Washington Post 36 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW JANUARY-MARCH 2018