MAZAHUA FRENTE is a short documentary that follows a rural indigenous community’s fight for water. Since the expansive Cutzamala water system was built to supply Mexico City 30 years ago, the surrounding rural communities have fought for access to the system. One group, the Mazahua Frente, temporarily stopped a chlorine truck needed for water treatment in 2004 as protest. Today, their fight continues. The film follows as the Frente plans another major protest. It also provides a glimpse into the lives of women who literally carry the burden of lack of water on their backs, despite having the Mexico City’s water system in their backyards.

This film project is made possible by grants from the Pulitzer Center, Smith/Patterson Science Journalism Fellowship, Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources and the University of Missouri's Duffy Fund. Translation by Aldo Casas, Taylor Twellman, Juan Pulido and Hughes Ransom.