Minefield: Secret Lives Of Brown Actors


Minefield is a podcast that explores the lives of Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian (MENASA) actors. Meet Fahim, George, Olivia, Sade, Fizaa, and Damon, the smart, savvy, beautiful people who navigate conceptions and expectations of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in their everyday lives.If you're looking for more content, like biographies of the actors or transcripts of the shows, visit minefieldpodcast.com.Minefield is produced by me, Katherine Zaslavsky, from my closet. For sound quality. Don't ask questions.


  • Sunita, the Daredevil

    Sunita, the Daredevil

    29/03/2019 Duração: 27min

    In this episode, our new cohost Mackenzie interviews Sunita Deshpande, an Indian actress and writer who you might know as Seema Nadeem from Daredevil. They chat about her family, her journey to acting, being BFFs with Donald Glover, and her upcoming short film, A Sari for Pallavi. In the meantime, Katherine tries to delete Toy Blast from her phone and fails for the fourteenth time.  "I think the nice thing in life is, if you really want something, you will find a way to make it happen."

  • Fizaa and the Remarkable Calling of Comedy

    Fizaa and the Remarkable Calling of Comedy

    10/11/2018 Duração: 27min

    Salaam and good evening to you, as said best – and worst, somehow - by the dude from the beginning of Aladdin. Welcome to the second season of Minefield. We are back from an abundantly long break, and I have returned to my closet, where they cut off your hand if – oh, I’m sorry, I meant to say it’s really hot in here. Those are the words. Tune in to hear my interview with Fizaa Dosani, writer/actress/stand up extraordinaire and first generation Indian-American, as we chat about casting the new Jasmine, fending off dating stereotypes and toxic masculinity, and how representation really matters. For more on Fizaa, look up Facial Recognition Comedy on all your social media.

  • Meet Sade

    Meet Sade

    02/04/2018 Duração: 27min

    "You can't look at a person and say, you're from there." Meet Sade Namei and listen in as we chat about casting, cultural authenticity, and what will happen if even one more dude calls us "exotic."

  • Meet Olivia

    Meet Olivia

    06/02/2018 Duração: 21min

    It's this attitude that diversity is "in" right now. Like you're so lucky that you look the way you do, right place right time kind of thing.   - Olivia Khoshatefeh

  • Meet George

    Meet George

    01/01/2018 Duração: 24min

    Authenticity to me is not necessarily a Syrian actor must play a Syrian part, a Lebanese actor must play a Lebanese part, an Egyptian actor must play an Egyptian part. It’s - the character is representative of what group of people, so an Egyptian character is representative, in the actor world, of a Middle Eastern group of people to me. - George Abud

  • Meet Fahim

    Meet Fahim

    01/01/2018 Duração: 19min

    That is the nature of what happens there, and so it becomes about how we see certain characters, like how we want to portray, like you’ll always get the Mohammed So-And-So to play the terrorist, but when it comes time for Mohammed So-And-So to play Prince of Egypt or Ramses – oh no, no, no, no, the white actors can take that one. - Fahim Hamid

  • Trailer


    31/12/2017 Duração: 29s

    Welcome to the secret world of the brown actor