• “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 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.”

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

    Latin Heat

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.

La Opinion

“El documental titulado Rebel, o Rebelde, y dirigido por María Agui Carter, mostrará como esta mujer de familia adinerada se rebela contra su tradicional familia, pierde a sus hijos y esposo, y terminó siendo temida en la popular batalla nacional.” La Opinion Martha Sarabia Por: Martha Sarabia... Read More

San Antonio Current

In Rebel, director María Agui Carter illustrates that limiting Cuban-born immigrant Loreta Janeta Velázquez to one set of binary opposites would reduce her contribution to American identity and history San Antonio Current By Patricia Portales SCREENS LORETA VELAZQUEZ, THE SECRET SOLDIER OF THE... Read More

Abraham Lincoln Blog

“The documentary is worthy of such a fascinating story.  The narration, re-creations, and acting are outstanding.” The Abraham Lincoln Blog Geoff Elliott May, 2013 PBS To Premiere “Rebel” On Series Voces On Friday May 24, 2013 the PBS Latino series “Voces” (Voices) will... Read More

Miami Herald Screen Gems- Pick of the week

“The title of this unusual documentary is a bit of clever wordplay. Its subject, a Havana-born New Orleans social aristocrat named Loreta Janeta Velazquez, was not only loyal to the Confederacy during the American Civil War, but fought in its army as a... Read More

Alburqueque Journal

“ Loreta’s memoir gives us rare insight into war from a woman and a Latina’s point of view,” Agui Carter says. “She was an immigrant serving her country by fighting for it, as so many generations have done.“ The Albuquerque Journal Current Screens... Read More
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