• “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
  • “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
  • “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.”

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

    NY Daily News

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.

Maria Agui Carter quoted in Buzzfeed Article

“Maria Agui Carter, the writer/director of independent film REBEL, about the true story of a Latina soldier in the Civil War who concealed her sex and identity to fight, says Hispanics are oft-talked about as a desirable audience to market to but they... Read More


“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... Read More

Movie City News

“With all the attention being paid to Abraham Lincoln this year, it’s probably a good time to become acquainted with some of the unsung heroes of the Civil War, as well. (…) The PBS report, “Rebel: Loretta Velasquez Secret Soldier of the American... Read More

The Boston Globe

“Maria Agui Carter’s feature documentary, “Rebel” explores… how history censors and denies inconvenient truths.” Boston Globe, July 20, 2013 By Loren King MOVIES SCENE HERE What’s on tap at this year’s Woods Hole Film Festival By Loren King | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JULY 20,... Read More

New York Daily News

"We know little ... of Loreta Velazquez. We’re not sure when she was born and died, or her husband’s last name. The only picture we have may not be her. But her message can’t be stilled, nor her courage. “Rebel” restores some... Read More
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