Valeria is an independent journalist and filmmaker focused on immigration and human rights in Phoenix and the Arizona borderlands. She produced and co-directed the film Two Americans. The documentary parallels the stories of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Kathy Figueroa a 9-year-old U.S. citizen whose Mexican parents were arrested by sheriff’s deputies during a workplace immigration raid. The film won the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Arizona International Film Festival. It aired on Al Jazeera America in 2013 and was an official selection of the DOCSDF Mexican Film Festival. In 2014, Fernández co-directed six short documentaries along the U.S.-Mexico borderlands as part of the international web-documentary Connected Walls. The project won the Jury Award at the Beligium Millenium Film Festival.
Netroots Nation participation
- Netroots Nation 2015