Disney Criticized for Filming ‘Mulan’ in Xinjiang Where Uighurs Are Detained

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Walt Disney Co.’s big bet on “Mulan,” a $200 million live-action remake of a Chinese folk tale, is facing fresh criticism days after its North American streaming debut and just before its planned premiere at cinemas in China.

A newspapercolumnist and social media commentators have faulted Disney for filming in the Chinese province of Xinjiang and for thanking Chinese government departments from the region in the film’s credits. As many as 1 million ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang have been detained in camps that China calls “voluntary education centers.”

“Mulan” is crucial to Disney’s recovery after the pandemic forced cinemas around the world to close or operate under tight restrictions this year, prompting delays of the originally planned March debut. The Uighur human rights issue adds to other political opposition the film has sparked, including calls for a boycott after Liu Yifei, who stars as the title character, voiced support for the police last year amid pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Read more: Activists Call for ‘Mulan’ Boycott Over Star’s Hong Kong Stance

Disney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

In July, the U.S.sanctioned a top member of China’s ruling Communist Party and three other officials over human rights abuses in Xinjiang, a major escalation in the Trump administration’s tensions with the country.

Mulan specifically thank the publicity department of CPC Xinjiang uyghur autonomous region committee in the credits.
You know, the place where the cultural genocide is happening.
They filmed extensively in Xinjiang, which the subtitles call “Northwest China”
#BoycottMulan2:37 AM · Sep 7, 2020

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Disney debuted the film in the U.S. Sept. 4 over its recently launched Disney+ streaming service, where it’s available for a special fee of $30. Downloads of Disney’s streaming app rose 68% to 890,000 over the weekend, a sign that “Mulan” helped drive demand in a market where cinemas are still not fully reopened.

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It just keeps getting worse! Now, when you watch #Mulan, not only are you turning a blind eye to police brutality and racial injustice (due to what the lead actors stand for), you’re also potentially complicit in the mass incarceration of Muslim Uyghurs. #BoycottMulanJeannette Ng 吳志麗@jeannette_ngMulan specifically thank the publicity department of CPC Xinjiang uyghur autonomous region committee in the credits.
You know, the place where the cultural genocide is happening.
They filmed extensively in Xinjiang, which the subtitles call “Northwest China”
#BoycottMulan4:28 AM · Sep 7, 2020

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Before the pandemic, the film was expected to play big in China, with a simultaneous debut in the world’s largest movie market after the U.S.

Now, China is the first major market to fully reopen cinemas, with “Mulan” set to debut Sept. 11 in a key test of whether moviegoers in the increasingly important market are ready to crowd back into theaters for a blockbuster.

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