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. Raised by a single mother in a household of powerful and independent women. She has been traveling the globe since the age of one. 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. Especially curious about the spread of digital media, food culture, and structural forms of violence that allow inequality to persist in the U.S. and around the world, she sees herself as a lifelong learner. Moving on from social justice and onto the pleasures of life - Melissa is always down to take an impromptu trip, get lost hiking, check out a concert, and go dancing. Also, coffee. Lots of coffee. Find her anywhere from the beach to hanging with llamas on a mountainside to binge watching netflix. Her latest obsession is camping in Joshua Tree and cruising national parks throughout California. Her side obsession is photographing street art and landscape scenes.
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