Rita Baghdadi is an American filmmaker and cinematographer of Moroccan heritage. Her character-driven work has been supported by Tribeca, ITVS, Netflix, AJ+, Film Independent, Technicolor, IFP and the International Documentary Association, and has screened in festivals worldwide including SXSW, DOCNYC, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival and Zimbabwe International. Rita is a co-founder of Endless Eye. Through her company she has lensed content for VICE, Gatorade, Beats by Dre, Bud Lite, UFC, PetSmart and Taco Bell among others.
In 2013 Rita worked as a cinematographer and field producer on the feature documentary License To Operate. Most recently she was Director of Photography on the feature documentary Served Like A Girl which will premiere in competition at the 2017 SXSW film festival. Rita’s upcoming directorial-debut feature documentary My Country, No More, about one rural family’s experience throughout the North Dakota oil boom and bust, was recently awarded the 2016 Gucci Tribeca Grant and is currently in post production.
Rita graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Film from Columbia College Chicago. She is a member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers (ICFC). When she’s not shooting she is an active mentor, dedicated to empowering women and girls, and she’s usually trying to find a horse to ride.