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New Acclaimed Documentary Film Explores the Secret Life of Loreta Velazquez, Cuban immigrant, Confederate Soldier turned Union Spy
Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez 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 the 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 that she has been virtually erased from history?
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Location: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
The Film is followed by a Q&A discussion with:
María Agui Carter- Writer/Director/Producer, Maria immigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador, grew up an undocumented "Dreamer" in NYC, and graduated from Harvard University. She worked at Boston's Flagship PBS Station WGBH as a staff producer before starting her independent production company, Iguana Films, LLC. She is passionate about using media storytelling to inspire national conversations and social change and specializes in visually arresting and complex storytelling.
Discovery En Español’s DIRECTOR’S VISION series commissioned her dramatic short, Cleats based on the true story of immigrant parents who gather recyclables to build an inheritance for their son, a Harvard freshman, one nickel at a time. Ms. Agui Carter has produced for numerous PBS special series including College Track, Unnatural Causes, and Culture
Shock. Her work on the Culture Shock series for PBS was nominated for an International Documentary Association award, and her film on censorship of Jazz and Hip Hop, The Devil's Music was praised by the New York Times as a documentary that "addressing the complex interaction of race and class... engages viewers in a conversation as vigorous as the art it chronicles.”
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