Mulan Under Fire for Filming in Xinjiang, Calls for Boycott Renewed: Reports

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Mulan — Disney’s live-action reimagining of the 1998 lively original — is under fire again after its release on Disney+ in make a choice markets final Friday, with the movie’s credits revealing that it used to be partly shot in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. Over 11 million Muslim Uyghurs live in Xinjiang, where the Chinese government has been accused of serious and widespread human rights abuses, according to The Guardian. Approximately a million Uyghurs are allegedly detained without trial and charges in “re-education camps” in Xinjiang, the BBC reports.

The last credits for Mulan convey “special thanks” to numerous Chinese government bodies, including the Publicity Branch of CPC Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Committee, which The Guardian paper money is the Chinese Communist party’s propaganda branch in Xinjiang. Disney has not commented on Mulan’s production connections to Xinjiang.

This new revelation comes amidst renewed calls for a boycott of Mulan — #BoycottMulan used to be trending on Twitter in a couple of markets on Friday — following its release on Disney+ wherever to be had, and in theatres around the globe where Disney+ isn’t to be had. Mulan has grossed almost $6 million (approximately Rs. 44 crores) at the box office as yet. Disney hasn’t revealed how many have paid for Mulan on Disney+. Mulan is due for its China bow later this week on September 11.

Disney chairman Alan Horn spoke to The Hollywood Reporter as a part of a roundtable back in February, where he said Disney tries to be “non-political”. A more telling observation came from Horn in the same interview, when he famous that “whether Mulan doesn’t work in China, we have a problem,” showing that even Disney needs the might of the Chinese box office.

Mulan will release December 4 on Disney+ Hotstar.

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Akhil Arora

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