The controversy surrounding Disney's live-action remake of Mulan has stepped up, after it emerged that some of the movie has been shot in the controversial Xinjiang province.
The province, to the north east of the country, is where the China is being accused of detaining Uighur Muslims in so-called 're-education' camps.
However, despite international condemnation of the mass detentions, Disney has offered 'special thanks' to several government bodies in the region.
Among them is the 'publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uighur Autonomy Region Committee', the department which produces propaganda and messaging for the region.
According to reports, Uighurs who have been subject to the extra-judicial detainment have been forced into labour, indoctrination programs and forced sterilisation.
Disney is yet to comment directly on the matter, but the film has already become the subject of protest.
The #BoycottMulan movement on social media is already gathering support from pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand.
One prominent activist in Hong Kong, Joshua Wong, took to Twitter to take aim at both the Chinese Communist Party and actress Liu Yifei, who plays Mulan in the movie.
“Because Disney kowtows to Beijing, and because Liu Yifei openly and proudly endorses police brutality in Hong Kong, I urge everyone who believes in human rights to #BoycottMulan,” he said.
This film is released today. But because Disney kowtows to Beijing, and because Liu Yifei openly and proudly endorses police brutality in Hong Kong, I urge everyone who believes in human rights to #BoycottMulan. https://t.co/utmP1tIWNa— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 😷 (@joshuawongcf) September 4, 2020
Yifei hit headlines last summer, after the Chinese-born American actress showed support for the Hong Kong police who were cracking down on anti-Chinese protesters.
She posted on the Chinese social media service Weibo: “I support Hong Kong's police, you can beat me up now. What a shame for Hong Kong.”
At the time of the message, many called for an early boycott of the movie.
Following the furore, she told The Hollywood Reporter: “I think it's obviously a very complicated situation, and I'm not an expert. I just really hope this gets resolved soon... I think it's just a very sensitive situation.”
Disney's chairman Alan Horn also briefly referenced the row back in February, saying: “My feeling is, free speech is an important component of society, certainly, and folks ought to be able to say what they want to say.
“I can’t speak for what Liu says in China — we didn’t know about it, what she was going to say — and that’s up to them.”
The movie is currently on general release in cinemas and also via premium streaming on Disney+.