Washington, D.C. – This past weekend, Disney’s highly-anticipated remake of Mulan was released. It was filmed in various regions across China, including Xinjiang– a site where over one million Uyghur Muslims have been imprisoned in concentration camps. This minority population in China have been subjected to forced sterilization campaigns, rendering their circumstances a recognized genocide.
In addition to filming at the site of the recognized genocide, during the credits of the film, Disney thanked four propaganda departments and a public security bureau in Xinjiang. Some of these institutions have been directly involved in facilitating the genocide.
“Disney’s blatant normalization of the Chinese government’s genocide against Uyghur Muslims is deeply disturbing. Nobody would think it is a good idea to film at the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp without any acknowledgement of the over 1 million Jews that were killed there. To see Mulan being made in a region infamous for its concentration camps filled with Uyghur Muslims, and to watch credits in which direct facilitators of this crime against humanity are being thanked–is jarring. Emgage Action calls for a boycott of this film, and an acknowledgement from Disney of this horrific genocide.” – Wa’el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage Action
Emgage Action is a Muslim civic advocacy organization, with national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and state chapters in Michigan, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New York.