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able to have an orchestra in Budapest perform
the score that ended up in the final film.
The movie was ready to be released by
early 2017. It had its US premier at the South
by Southwest film festival in Austin in March
2017. During its debut at South by Southwest,
Salleh and Tucker got a deal with Netflix. The
film was translated into 20 languages and was
released on the online streaming network in
August 2017. The film also had its Australian
and Canadian premier in 2017 and made a tour
of area film festivals.
The crowning reward for the couple's years
of work came this spring when "Barbecue"
won the 2018 James Beard Foundation
Broadcast Media Award in the category
of radio, television broadcasts, podcasts,
webcasts and documentaries.
"We started this film with the hypothesis
that there's more in this world that brings
cultures together and more similarities that we
have with other cultures than things that drive
us apart and makes us different," Salleh says.
"Through 'Barbecue' we can see that the way
people do things can be so different, but the
reason why people do things and the reasons
people get together - to tell stories and relive
memories - are the same all around the world.
"After having the privilege and honor of
meeting and spending time with these amazing
people, we actually see a version of the world
that has more in common than people realize.
If people get some version of that message
when they watch this film, we'd be happy."
The filming during the
visit to the Philippines
captured the traditional
cooking of lechon - whole
pig cooked on a spit
over an open flame.