• “The way to keep a secret, is not to tell it to anybody.”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “What a fearful thing this human slaughtering was.”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “My career has differed from that of most women.  Some things I have done have shocked persons for whom I have every respect.”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “A woman labors to fight her own way in the world, and yet, she can often do things that a man cannot.”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “I was, despite my Spanish ancestry, an American, heart and soul.”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “War fare inevitably breeds corruption”

    Loreta Velazquez

Blouin ARTINFO

“For more than a century, historians dismissed Velazquez as a hoax, a point the investigative documentary intends to prove otherwise. With no video from the time period and very few pictures to draw on, Carter employs vivid re-enactments in “Rebel” to tell the story of a young woman simply trying to fit into the version of America that she has grown to understand.”

Artinfo

By Brandon Smith

July 31st, 2013

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/934659/video-rebel-the-story-of-a-civil-war-heroine?back_to_article=node/930348

(VIDEO & Summary)

Below is the link to the video alone.

http://bcove.me/kzh43pdd

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VIDEO: “Rebel,” The Story of a Civil War

Heroine

by Brandon Smith 31/07/13 8:00 AM EDT

“Rebel” is the story of Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant who concealed her identity and masqueraded as a man to fight in the American Civil War.  After studying the time period, Boston-based documentary filmmaker María Agui Carter was intrigued by Velazquez’s tale, particularly given the lack of female involvement in the war, so she delved deeper.  “As I discovered more information about this person, I began to wonder, ‘what happened that she was erased,'” she told Blouin ARTINFO following a screening of her film at the

Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.

For more than a century, historians dismissed Velazquez as a hoax, a point the investigative documentary intends to prove otherwise. With no video from the time period and very few pictures to draw on, Carter employs vivid re-enactments in “Rebel” to tell the story of a young woman simply trying to fit into the version of America that she has grown to understand. Like Velazquez, Carter also immigrated to the United States as a young child. Unlike Velazquez, Carter was undocumented and her next project poses the question: “what does it mean to be an American citizen beyond the accident of birth?”

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