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TEDxRedmond - Alejandra Gama - Right to be an American

Born in August 1994 in Los Angeles, California to two Mexican-immigrant parents, Alejandra Gama has grown up in Arizona--seeing firsthand the local and national struggle around the polarizing issue of illegal immigration. The proposal of an Arizona bill that would revoke the Constitution's 14th Amendment (thus preventing children born in the United States to illegal immigrants from receiving US citizenship) made Alejandra decide to tell the stories of such children through a documentary film. Alejandra's love for storytelling began at the age of 11, when she decided "with the strongest conviction, that I was going to be a Broadway actress." From there, Alejandra thought of nothing else but reaching her goal--writing her own roles, short stories, and scripts. She says, "Through that I realized that what I loved was not to portray characters, but to create them. Since then I have been completely and totally enamored with storytelling. However, I did not discover my favorite way to tell stories until high school. My junior year, last year, I took a film class and all I can say is that the rest will become history."In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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