Melissa joined Brave New Films in 2015. She's an advocate for human rights, environmental justice, and immigrant rights. Born 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 encourages everyone to try solo-traveling. While in college studying anthropology and global studies at UCLA, she began researching 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 politics, 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. Her side passion is indulging in local foodscapes, art+music, and expanding her collection of plants and succulents!
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