Rita Baghdadi is an Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been supported by Tribeca, Sundance, the International Documentary Association, Film Independent, Points North Institute, ITVS, Netflix, IFP and Technicolor, and has screened in top festivals worldwide. Rita has made a name for herself as a strong visual storyteller with the ability to gain trust and capture beauty in the moments unfolding in real time. The Hollywood Reporter described Rita’s work as intimate.
Recently, Rita's documentary City Rising was awarded three Emmy awards including Best Social Issue Film. Her feature documentary My Country No More won Best Feature at the 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and was picked up for broadcast by Independent Lens. Rita is also an accomplished Director of Photography, having shot on several features including Served Like A Girl (SXSW 2017), Circus of Books (Tribeca 2019), Mr. Toilet (Hot Docs 2019), And She Could Be Next (coming soon) and Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering’s upcoming documentary.
— Storytelling is my passion. My quest is to leave audiences with a feeling long after the screen goes dark —
Rita is co-founder of Endless Eye, a production studio based in Los Angeles. In addition to taking feature films from conception to completion, Rita has directed and lensed commercial content for major brands including Beats by Dre, Gatorade and Bud Lite among others. Currently, Rita is in production on her next feature documentary, Sirens, a coming-of-age film about the first female metal band in the Middle East.
Rita grew up a competitive horse jumper on the East coast. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Film from Columbia College Chicago and moved to Los Angeles in 2007 where she began her career in international film sales. Today she runs her own company and is a member of Free the Bid, Film Fatales, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, International Collective of Female Cinematographers and a co-organizer of the group Women in Documentary Filmmaking. 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!