• “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
  • “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
  • “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.”

  • “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.


“Deftly weaving lushly dramatized scenes of Loreta’s riveting tale with historical commentary and archival material, the documentary explores the story of a complex woman, a myth and the politics of national memory.” July 14, 2013 Examiner The Entertainment Report: Petrucelli picks the week’s... Read More


“Rebel: Loretta Velasquez Secret Soldier – BUY THIS DVD! In 1861, at the outbreak of the American Civil War, a teenager from New Orleans headed to the front lines. Under the alias Harry T. Buford, he fought at First Bull Run, was wounded... Read More

The Washington Post. “A House Divided” Blog

“The film is a beauty, with exquisite clothing and subtle colors. Many of the battle scenes were shot at the locations where they took place. The accompanying music works perfectly with the images.” Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 07/08/2013 By Linda Wheeler PBS’s... Read More

BBC Mundo

“Lo que puede hacer una mujer sólo con atreverse y si se atreve a hacerlo a lo grande”. La cita pertenece a las memorias de Loreta Janeta Velázquez, una mujer de origen cubano que hace 150 años se vistió de hombre para poder... Read More

The Advocate

“’This story of this one Latina soldier of the American Civil War is partly a metaphor about the ways we tell our national stories of American history and the way that certain groups can get marginalized and forgotten in the national narrative.” (Quoting... 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.