Rachel Beth Anderson, a Sundance award winning cinematographer, began her career filming in several conflict zones including Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Egypt, Liberia and South Sudan, for PBS Frontline, CNN, Human Rights Watch, and independent feature documentaries First To Fall and E-TEAM.
Originally from North Dakota, Rachel graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Journalism school, where she filmed and co-produced a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award winning documentary Breaking Down Barriers. Prior to graduating she participated in a Fulbright sponsored journalism program based in Cairo, Egypt focusing on international reporting and conversational Arabic. This experience led Rachel to officially relocate to Cairo in 2010.
During the 2011 Egyptian revolution Rachel worked as a cinematographer and field producer for PBS Frontline documentaries: Gigi’s Revolution, and The Brothers. In 2013, she returned to shoot on the PBS Frontline follow-up film, Egypt in Crisis. Her footage from the 2011 uprising is also included in multiple long form documentaries including BBC’s This World, Egypt – Children of the Revolution, PBS’s Before the Spring: After the Fall, independent films Zero-Silence and Uprising.
Rachel’s award winning documentary, First To Fall, was borne of a 8-month journey spanning the Libyan war. Her directorial debut film was a Gucci/TriBeCa grant recipient (2012) and had its World Premier screening at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in late 2013. After screening in a dozen countries the film won two jury awards at the investigative journalism festival FIGRA in France, the Grand Prix Jury Award at IRFF in Poland, a Global Film Accolade Award of Excellence, and was awarded the Best of Fest prize at the Columbus International Film Festival. First To Fall broadcast worldwide on BBC’s Storyville Global series in the summer of 2015.
Most recently Rachel has contributed to the productions of PBS Frontline films Firestone and the Warlord (2014), and My Brothers Bomber (2015). Vice productions, The Cut that Heals (2015) , and a Black Market series episode set in Gaza. As well as an independent feature documentary, Theo, Who Lived, currently set for release later this year.
Rachel is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.