Disney’s CFO Christine McCarthy acknowledged Thursday that the company’s choice to shoot parts of “Mulan” in China’s Xinjiang region has “created a lot of trouble for us.”
The corporation was targeted for shooting parts of the live-action epic in the Northwest region, where an estimated one million members of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority were put against their will in the camps. internment as part of an effort to assimilate them by force. The majority of China’s Han population. Some have been subjected to forced sterilization and abortions, recent reports show, with former inmates describing torture and inhumane treatment.
Much of “Mulan” was filmed in New Zealand, but the crews also filmed in 20 locations in China to show “some of the unique landscapes” there, McCarthy said at a Bank of America conference, according to Bloomberg News. He explained that this was part of “an effort to accurately represent some of the country’s unique landscapes and geography for this historic piece.”
McCarthy said filming in China requires government approval and “it is normal to recognize in the credits of a film the national and local governments that have allowed you to film there.”
In a tacit nod to the controversy, he said: “It generated a lot of publicity. Let it be this. “
The $ 200 million budget film directed by New Zealand Niki Caro premiered last week on Disney Plus and will be released in China on Friday.
But the Chinese authorities have banned major media outlets from writing about “Mulan” to avoid drawing attention to overseas criticism of the Disney film’s ties to Xinjiang.
US politicians denounced Disney’s decision to film in Xinjiang, with Josh Hawley of Missouri sending a harsh letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek for “masking the ongoing genocide” there.
McCarthy did not speculate whether the company was concerned that international condemnation would be bad for business, saying, “I’m not a predictor of revenue.”