MENA ARTS ADVOCACY COALITION (MAAC) is an advocacy group in Hollywood, founded by Azita Ghanizada, that fights for the advancement and visibility of Middle Eastern North African performers on-screen in Film, Television and streaming platforms.
Azita Ghanizada, Founder
Amir Talai, Consulting Member
Assaf Cohen, Consulting Member
Amin El-Gamal, Consulting Member
MENA is an acronym for the Middle Eastern, North African region of countries ranging from Morocco to Afghanistan and the entire region in between. What is MENASA? MENASA includes the regions above and adds Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
Industry-wide education on MAAC's success in lobbying SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP to recognize MENA as a diversity category in official Casting Diversity Reports. Creating a space for the MENA community to be included within diversity hiring practices.