• “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.”

  • “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… 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
  • “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.

Cuban Art News

“De aristócrata consentida a soldado de primera línea.” Cuban Art News By Nadine Covert May 23, 2013   CUBAN NEWS – Cuban art and culture worldwide En Español (/es/news/146-rebel-a-cuban-american-woman-in-the-u.s.civil-war-part-2-146/2830) Rebel: A Cuban-American Woman in the U.S.Civil War, Part 2 Published: May 28, 2013... Read More

Front Row Center Blog

“I applaud filmmaker María Agui Carter—Rockefeller fellow and native of Ecuador—who includes some quite lovely and effective dramatic moments in her new hour-long film, Rebel, premiering on PBS on Memorial Day weekend. Rebel, a presentation of the Latino Public Broadcasting series VOCES ON... Read More

Kino Eye

“’The film is really not just the story of this amazing woman and her transgressive and adventurous and reinvented life. The story is really a film about the politics of national memory because what I found is that she had literally been erased.... Read More

Latino USA

“Loreta Velazquez arrives in New Orleans as a young girl. The daughter of a wealthy Cuban family, she loses her children to fever and her husband dies in an accident. Without any family to call her own, she decides to follow in the... Read More

The Broad Side Blog

“Loreta Velazquez was no normal little girl. Even as the young daughter of Cuban aristocrats, she railed against the injustice of being a girl in a world that privileged boys. Her story is told in “Rebel,” a new episode of “Voces” on PBS”... Read More
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