In Mexico, "elefantes blancos" is a term for unfinished government projects, essentially empty promises. ELEFANTES BLANCOS (working title) is a short documentary film that follows the Mazahua Frente's fight for equal rights to infrastructure. Since the expansive Cutzamala water system was built to supply Mexico City 30 years ago, the surrounding rural communities have fought for equal access to resources. This group is called the Mazahua Frente after their indigenous roots. As the Cutzamala system and the city's needs grow, the nearby communities continue to feel left behind. In 2004, the group temporarily shut down a pumping station during a protest. Today, their fight continues. The film follows as the Frente consider 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 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 and Juan Pulido.