This isn’t just a film about food – it’s about why life is worth living.
Barbecue is a grand vision of humanity unified by our most common and primal tradition. Captured in cinematic 4k, shot 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 barbecue we see a ritual performed religiously across the world. For some it’s a path to salvation. It is the pride of nations. It brings the world together.
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 fueled 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 their homeland, while exiled Syrians find new hope through shawarma stalls in a border refugee camp. In Australia a rural town rejects modern life, while in Tokyo yakitori chefs are inspired by the pulse of the city. 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?