The Age of Water

Film phase: Production


San Miguel de Allende is neatly perched at the draining edge of the aptly named “Cuenca de la Independencia (Watershed of Independence).” While it used to be a town overflowing in natural springs, long-term abuse has left its glorious aquifer practically bone-dry. Tourists flood into the city daily as the native communities that surround it evaporate from Mexico’s collective consciousness, their legacy lost forever.

The Age of Water carefully weaves together the personal journeys of a diverse cast of characters who are riding a wave of civil unrest to create a coalition of resistance against unbridled government corruption that places profits ahead of its people. Driven by the necessity to preserve the richness of the culture as well as that of the region’s ecosystems,The Age of Water focuses on the issue at hand and illustrates the steep cost of doing nothing.


Isabel Alcántara is a Mexican documentary filmmaker with a background in photojournalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications. In 2012, she co-founded Ponderosa Productions, a documentary production company with the goal of detailing current events, dying traditions and inescapable issues of our generation. She has produced award-winning content that has screened at Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW and major television networks such as A&E and History Channel. She has also shot photo and multimedia content for Paper Magazine.