Rita Baghdadi

Director, Cinematographer
Endless Eye

Rita Baghdadi is an Emmy-award winning Moroccan-American filmmaker whose character driven work has been supported by Tribeca, ITVS, Netflix, Film Independent, Technicolor, IFP and the International Documentary Association, and has screened in top festivals worldwide. Rita has made a name for herself as a strong, intuitive vérité filmmaker, with the Hollywood Reporter recognizing her cinematography as intimate

Rita's documentary City Rising, about development and displacement across California, was recently awarded the LA Press Club Journalism Award for Best Documentary and three LA area Emmys including Best Social Issue Film. Her feature documentary My Country No More, a co-production with ITVS, won Best Feature at the 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and was picked up for 2019 broadcast by Independent Lens. Rita is also an accomplished Director of Photography, having shot several documentary features including Served Like A Girl, about female U.S military veterans entering the Ms. Veteran America competition, directed by Lysa Heslov. The film premiered at the 2017 SXSW film festival, was released in theaters nationwide and is now available to stream on Amazon. Currently, Rita is in post on a feature doc, Eternal Life Fan Club, which was selected to take part in the 2018 Camden / TFI rough cut retreat presented by CNN Films, and in development on two other feature docs.

Rita graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Film from Columbia College Chicago. She is co-founder of Endless Eye, a production studio based in Los Angeles, and through her company she has directed and lensed commercial content for Beats by Dre, Gatorade and Bud Lite among others. Rita is a member of Film Fatales, Brown Girls Doc Mafia and the International Collective of Female Cinematographers. When she's not filming Rita is an active mentor, dedicated to empowering women and girls through film training. And she's usually trying to find a horse to ride!