Scribe Video Center Producers’ Forum
dir. María Agui Carter, USA, 2013, 75 min.
Thankfully, the snow wasn't as bad as expected, so our screening will go on as scheduled this evening.
Director María Agui Carter will appear via Skype for a Q&A
Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez, Confederate soldier turned Union Spy, is one of the Civil War’s most gripping forgotten narratives. While the U.S military may have recently lifted the ban on women in combat, Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans, was fighting in battle 150 years ago – one of an estimated 1000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War. Who was she? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous she has been virtually erased from history? Rebel is the story of a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory.
María Agui Carter is an award-winning filmmaker, whose most recent documentary Rebel aired as a National PBS special and won a 2014 Erik Barnouw Honorable Mention Award as best historical film in America. Carter grew up an undocumented “Dreamer,” graduated from Harvard, and is a Trustee of The National Association of Latino Independent Producers.