Rita Baghdadi is an award winning Moroccan-American filmmaker whose story-driven work has been supported by Tribeca Film Institute, the International Documentary Association, Film Independent, Points North Institute, PBS, ITVS, Netflix, the Rogovy Foundation, IFP and Technicolor, and has screened in top festivals worldwide including SXSW, DOC NYC and LAFF. Rita has made a name for herself as a strong, intuitive visual storyteller, with the Hollywood Reporter recognizing her camera work as intimate.
Recently, Rita's documentary City Rising, about development and displacement across California, was awarded three Emmy Awards including Best Social Issue Film, the LA Press Club Journalism Award for Best Documentary and was nominated for an Imagen Award. Her latest 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 by Independent Lens for broadcast on January 7, 2019. 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. The film premiered at SXSW, was released in theaters nationwide and is now available to stream on Amazon. Currently, Rita is in post-production on Eternal Life Fan Club, a feature documentary selected to take part in the 2018 Camden / Tribeca Rough Cut Retreat presented by CNN Films. She is also in early production on Sirens, a non-fiction film about the only female metal band in the Middle East, Slave to Sirens.
— Storytelling is my passion. My quest is to leave audiences feeling long after the screen goes dark —
Rita is co-founder of Endless Eye, a full-service production studio based in Los Angeles. She has directed and lensed commercial content for major brands including Beats by Dre, Gatorade and Bud Lite among others. Rita is a member of Film Fatales, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, International Collective of Female Cinematographers and the Video Consortium. When she's not filming Rita is an active mentor with Global Girl Media, dedicated to empowering women and girls through film training. And she’s usually trying to find a horse to ride!