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HD   NR Closed Captioning

Matthew Salleh

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About the Movie

Barbecue is a grand vision of humanity unified by our most common and primal tradition. Visually stunning, filmed across twelve countries, and accompanied by a rich orchestral score - stories of race, class and belonging are told around the fire by families, cooks and backyard philosophers. In South Africa barbecue roasts over coals as people in the townships and suburbs find new ways to live together post-apartheid. In Texas, pitmasters feed the masses fuelled by pride in their craft and community. Across the border a Mexican family works through the night, surviving by sheer determination. Armenians defiantly cling to their traditions and homeland, while exiled Syrians find new hope through shawarma stalls in a border refugee camp. Despite strikingly different landscapes and cultures, these intimate portraits of everyday life reveal a bold vision of humanity, as each country searches for its own answer to the question – how do we live in the world today?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 5
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Barbecue is a fascinating sociological document. – John Noonan, FILMINK (Australia), May 11, 2017

Fresh: The imagery speaks for itself, and grill masters from around the world will learn something they didn't know. – Eric Kohn, indieWire, Mar 14, 2017

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Customer Reviews


Like Somm in the Bottle, there are no plot lines, narrators or CGI to titilate the senses but pose as solid film-making. There is simply and only beautiful cinemaphotography and an etheral musical score to deliver several subliminal culture lectures, which, ultimately, don't detract from the movie. Well done.

Barbecue ties humans together

A visually stunning movie tying the humans of the world together through barbecue and cooking over fire. Enjoyable!

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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