Rita Baghdadi is an American cinematographer and filmmaker of Moroccan heritage. Her character-driven work has been supported by Netflix, AJ+, Film Independent, Technicolor, IFP, the International Documentary Association and has screened in festivals worldwide including DOCNYC, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Zimbabwe International Film Festival and Women Deliver Copenhagen. Rita co-founded Endless Eye, a production studio based in Los Angeles. Through her company she has lensed commercial content for Gatorade, Beats by Dre, Bud Lite, UFC, PetSmart and Taco Bell among others.
Behind the camera, Rita brings a focused, narrative style to documentaries and uses a documentary intuition to lens fiction films in an authentic, intimate way. In 2013 Rita co-shot and field produced the feature documentary License To Operate, about former gang members risking everything to stop violence they once started in South Central LA. Currently, Rita is working as Director of Photography on Served Like A Girl, a feature documentary about female U.S military veterans entering the Ms. Veteran America competition. Her upcoming feature documentary My Country, No More, about one family’s resistance throughout the North Dakota oil boom and bust, was awarded the International Documentary Association Pare Lorentz grant and a Film Independent Documentary Fellowship.
Rita is a lifelong horseback rider and an active mentor with GlobalGirl Media, dedicated to empowering girls through documentary film training. She holds a B.A in Film from Columbia College Chicago and speaks conversational French.