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

    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
  • “War fare inevitably breeds corruption”

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

    Loreta Velazquez

NPR’s Latino US

This week, we bring you an update on the Senate immigration plan as it heads
to the Senate floor. And we report from two of the dozens of schools shuttered
in Chicago. We sit down with Dominican-American author Raquel Cepeda to
talk about her memoir “Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina.” Finally, the
premiere of “Rebel,” a story about the Cuban woman who disguised herself as
a man to fight in the Civil War.


Drawing by REA of Loreta Velazquez, aka Harry T. Buford, around 1876. From “The Woman In Battle,” by Loreta Janeta Velazquez, sold by subscription, Hartford, T. Belknap, 1876. REA was John Rea Neill from Philadelphia, known for his work illustrating the “Land of Oz” series, and “Little Black Sambo.” (Courtesy of REA)

Cuban immigrant Loreta Velazquez once
disguised herself as a man just so she could
fight in the Civil War. We speak to writer and
director María Agui Carter about her film, “Rebel,”
premiering nationwide on PBS.
Listen to or download this segment here.



One hour version of REBEL as broadcast on National PBS for personal use.


One hour teacher’s version of REBEL with audio/visual screening license.


75 min. feature Director’s Cut is available for theatrical and community screenings. Contact info@iguanafilms.com.