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Hueneme grad’s short life proves long on results

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Erica Fernandez (right) and her mother, Maria del Carmen Fernandez, at the MY HERO film awards ceremony. (Contributed photo)
Erica Fernandez, a Stanford student from Oxnard, continues to garner recognition and awards for her environmental activism.

Her latest achievement came at the seventh annual MY HERO International Film Festival last month in Los Angeles, where the 2011 Daniel Eldon Activist Award went to the short documentary “Erica Fernandez: The Tool of Protest.”

Narrated by Fernandez, the six-minute film was produced by the Working Group, an Oakland-based nonprofit media company contracted to produce Sacramento-based Unity Lab’s “Tools of Unity” short documentary series.

The film tells the story of Fernandez, 21, who came with her family from Mexico to Oxnard at age 10. By 12, she had begun to lead an eventually successful protest against a liquefied natural gas pipeline planned to be routed through her community.

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