The corporation fires for filming episodes of a live action epic in the Northwest, where one million members of the Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority have been placed in concentration camps against their will. China has a majority Han population. Some have been forcibly sterilized and aborted, with recent reports describing the torture and inhuman treatment of former inmates.
The film pays “special thanks” to eight different Chinese government agencies in Xinjiang, many of which are directly involved in the campaign, which critics consider to be a cultural carnage, such as the Turban Bureau of Public Security.
Much of “Mulan” was filmed in New Zealand, but the crew filmed 20 locations in China to show “some unique landscapes,” McCarthy told a Bank of America conference, according to Bloomberg News. She described it as “part of an effort to accurately describe some of the country’s unique landscapes and geography for this historical period”.
McCarthy said filming in China requires government approvals and “it is common to find national and local governments on film credits that allow you to shoot there.”
Silent to the controversy that ensued, she said: “It got a lot of publicity. Let’s leave it at that. “
The $ 200 million budget film, directed by Caro for New Zealand, premiered on Disney Plus last week and was released in China on Friday.
But there are Chinese officials Banned from writing about major media outlets “Mulan” to avoid focusing on growing criticism abroad of Disney movie relationships with Xinjiang.
U.S. politicians have condemned Disney’s decision to shoot in Xinjiang, and Josh Howley of Missouri has sent a scathing letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek for “whitewashing the ongoing carnage” there.
McCarthy did not specify whether the company would be concerned that international denials were bad for the business: “I’m not a box office predictor.”