Melissa joined Brave New Films in 2015. She's an advocate for human rights, environmental justice, and immigrant rights. Born and raised in Torrance, CA to Peruvian immigrants and raised by a single mother in a household of bold and independent women. She has been traveling the globe since the age of one and is an advocate for solo-traveling. While in college studying anthropology and global studies at UCLA, she began researching sociocultural norms and the many faces of capitalism in relation to economic and environmental struggles. Melissa is especially curious about the spread and function of digital media, food culture, and structural forms of violence that allow inequality to persist in the U.S. and around the world. An explorer; find her anywhere from the beach to hanging with llamas on a mountainside to binge watching Netflix sipping on tea at home. Her latest obsession is camping in Joshua Tree and spending time in national parks throughout California. Outside of social justice and film, her side passion is indulging in local foodscapes.
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