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

    NY Daily News
  • “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
  • “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.”

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

    Latin Heat
  • “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

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.

Latin Heat

“Rebel is a film that continues where Ken Burns‘s Civil War Series left off. In a labor of love that took her twelve years to complete, Agui Carter has created a must-see detective film about a woman, a myth, and the politics of... Read More

Entre Amigos

MARIA AGUI CARTER Profession Filmwriter, director and producer. Hobbies love to restore old houses and have plastered and painted, laid tiles and bricks, designed landscape gardens, and learned the hard way to measure twice, cut once. Favorite book Against The Grain, William Carlos... Read More

The Boston Globe

"Why would a Cuban woman join the Confederacy? What is a Velazquez doing in 19th Century America?" says Maria Agui Carter, a filmmaker and former producer for WGBH-TV (Channel 2). That intrigue led CArter on a historical and personal journey into... Read More

Johnny Diaz Blog

“… she was a woman way ahead of her time. .. Loreta’s story is an intriguing yet complicated one about US-Cuban history, race and sexuality.” Aug. 6th, 2006 Beantown Cubanito (Blog) JOHNNY DIAZ BLOG By: Johnny Diaz AUGUST 6, 2006 A CUBAN REBEL... Read More

Gambit New Orleans

Dressed in corsets and crinolines, she sits before a mirror, shaking her hair loose as she takes scissors in her hand. Lock by lock, her long brown tresses fall around her skirt. Raised as a Southern belle, she soon will be... 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.


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