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The Gist of Freedom

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Adrena Ifill has over 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations and documentary video production. In 2002, she founded DoubleBack Productions, LLC (www.doublebackproductions.com)

As a consultant, Ms. Ifill managed the creation of Avoice, the virtual library project of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

As a filmmaker, Ms. Ifill produced and directed a historical documentary chronicling the life of Congressman Robert Smalls, formerly enslaved in South Carolina, who served in the US Congress for five terms during the Reconstruction era.

This documentary, Congressman Robert Smalls: A Patriot’s Journey from Slavery to Capitol Hill, is one of the few productions that uncover the dynamics of the role of African Americans in the history of American political leadership.