VIDEO: Google+ Hangout with María Aguí Carter, Filmmaker of PBS’ Rebel

By: Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.

María Aguí Carter is one of these people you just know you have to meet. I was fortunate to present with her this summer at the Smithsonian Museum. Talented, Latino high school students come to Washington from all over the country as part of this institution’s Young Ambassadors Program (YAP). Learning about and being exposed to different fields is the kind of exposure to people and contexts that can spark the curiosity of a young mind and help set an academic or professional goal.
María and I presented on a panel about media. María dazzled us with her story of the making of her feature PBS documentary “Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Civil War Soldier and Spy.”
Click below to watch the YouTube video of our thought-provoking Google+ Hangout on Air w/ María who tells us about Loreta Velazquez–a woman who cross dressed to fight for the Confederacy–and spy–during the American Civil War. Who was Loreta? Why did she fight? Despite writing a memoir (and she was one of the few women and Latinas to do so in the 19th century), why was her story silenced?

Click on the video to watch a 20 second YouTube trailer:

Getting the green light on a project is no easy task. But at PBS the filmmakers and producers must raise money.

Now add the mystery of her main character. Maybe you haven’t heard of Loreta Velazquez. I hadn’t. That’s because she has been virtually erased from history until contemporary historians and María, who began her decade-long journey to unearth the truth.

Join us Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 12 noon to 12:30P EST for this thought-provoking Google+ Hangout on Air w/ María Aguí Carter who tells us about Loreta Velazquez — a woman who cross dressed to fight and spy for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. She is also one of only two Latina authors published in the U.S. in the 19th century. Who was Loreta? Why did she fight? Despite writing a memoir, why was her story silenced?

Click here to access the invitation and watch the live hangout at 12 noon! Click here to find a Rebel screening near you.


María is giving away an autographed copy of the Rebel DVD to 2 L4LL readers!

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  1. says

    As a Latina military officer and veteran, I so very much appreciate these hidden gem stories of women who have taken up arms. Thank you. I can’t wait to enjoy this story in its entirety!!

    Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, U.S. Air Force Captain and Veteran

    Author of Amazon bestseller “Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá” -[ISBN: 978-0-9834760-3-0] the first bilingual (English/Spanish) children’s picture book showing young children why women and mommies wear military uniforms and serve in our nation’s armed forces

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