• “María Agui Carter’s film is beautifully directed and the major battle scenes are worthy of blockbuster feature period films.”

    Latin Heat
  • “REBEL… weaves together a captivating hour- long documentary that successfully lifts the veil of mystery that has shrouded its subject for nearly 150 years and rightfully restores her place in history alongside her sisters in uniform.”

    Civil War Notebook
  • “Her story is fascinating, but the controversy over her memoir is equally amazing. After viewing ‘Rebel,’ you will be left pondering how history is written, what we know, and why. Which is exactly what writer and director Maria Agui Carter wants us to do.”

    Viva La Feminista Blog
  • “The narration, re-creations, and acting are, as with most PBS programming, outstanding. The re-creations are moving, especially given the almost total lack of dialog from the actors. The quality is exceptional.”

    Abraham Lincoln Blog
  • “Rebel starts out interesting and gets even better… her message can’t be stilled, nor her courage.”

    NY Daily News
  • “REBEL explores the mysterious story of Loreta Velasquez, a Cuban immigrant who secretly served as a soldier during the Civil War, but her story has been erased from the history books.”


Here you will find news and blog articles about REBEL.  Journalists go to “ABOUT” page for the Electronic Press Kit (EPK) link to download printable and blog photos, bios, etc.

El Perico

“Agui Carter found powerful themes in those accounts that speak to her experience as a Latina storyteller, immigrant to the U.S. and feminist.” Filmmaker explores a Latina whose story defies all conventions BY LEO ADAM BIGA September 18th, 2014 El Perico Award-winning filmmaker Maria... Read More

Fox News Latino

Why had she never heard of Loreta Velazquez? she wondered. “She’s been erased from history for 150 years,” Agui Carter told FNL. Coming To A Park Near You – Loreta Velazquez: Southern Wife, Confederate Soldier, Union Spy By Bill Vourvoulias Published September 16, 2014... Read More

The Reader

“I felt uniquely qualified to tell the story. I’m fascinated by the question of citizenship and national identity, having been brought here as a child undocumented and raised ‘underground’ by my mother. I felt growing up I was deeply American, but I did... Read More

The Citizen in Auburn, NY

“The key thing was, she sounded like such a modern heroine to me. Someone who dared enter that last bastion of maleness: war. And someone who dared to go beyond the expectations for women of her time.” ‘REBEL’ cinema: Story of female Cuban... Read More

AL DÍA Editorial

“Agui Carter explores the story of Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant who dressed as a man to be able to fight as a Confederate soldier, and later turn to spying for the Union, during the U.S. Civil War. This bit of hidden history not... Read More
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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.


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