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Viernes Video: The extraordinary tale of one ‘Rebel’ Cubana whose Civil War exploits defy history

Viernes Video: The extraordinary tale of one ‘Rebel’ Cubana whose Civil War exploits defy history

LatinaLista — Loreta Velazquez was a brave woman. She had to be. Her bravery was the only thing that stood between her and execution for being a spy.

Loreta Janteta Velazquez was a Cuban immigrant raised in New Orleans. Her exploits of disguising herself as a man to fight in the Civil War was so unbelievable to all who heard her story that it was immediately discounted as a hoax. Yet, filmmaker María Agui Carter thought otherwise.

In her feature-length documentary titled Rebel, Agui Carter took Loreta's 600-page memoir to bring to life a woman who some had tried to erase from history.

Because of Rebel, viewers learn that Loreta fought at Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh and served as a spy for the Confederacy until becoming a double agent for the Union.

Weaving drama, animation, historical and recreated archival material to unravel the mystery of Loreta Velazquez, Rebel is a detective story about a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory.

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