Netflix Announces New Michelle Obama Documentary ”Becoming”

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In partnership with Barack Obama and Netflix, Michelle Obama is set to star in a documentary that will highlight the forever First Lady’s life and behind-the-scene moments from her latest 34-city book tour for her memoir, Becoming.

According to Netflix, the film will be available to viewers on May 6. The worldwide production company also enlightened fans on what’s to be expected of the documentary.

“[Becoming delivers] an intimate look into the life of former First Lady Michelle Obama during a moment of profound change, not only for her personally but for the country she and her husband served over eight impactful years in the White House,” according to the official synopsis.

Becoming was directed by documentarian Nadia Hallgren, produced by Katy Chevigny, Marilyn Ness and Lauren Cioffi, and executive produced by Higher Ground Production’s Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis. The film is the latest project from the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions company.

Along with a first-look preview of the film, Michelle Obama also penned a note to her fans across the world.

“I’m excited to let you know that on May 6, Netflix will release BECOMING, a documentary film directed by Nadia Hallgren that looks at my life and the experiences I had while touring following the release of my memoir,” the forever First Lady wrote.

“Those months I spent traveling — meeting and connecting with people in cities across the globe — drove home the idea that what we share in common is deep and real and can’t be messed with. In groups large and small, young and old, unique, and united, we came together and shared stories, filling those spaces with our joys, worries, and dreams. We processed the past and imagined a better future. In talking about the idea of ‘becoming,’ many of us dared to say our hopes out loud.”

 

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“I treasure the memories and that sense of connection now more than ever, as we struggle together to weather this pandemic, as we care for our loved ones, tend to our communities, and try to keep up with work and school while coping with huge amounts of loss, confusion, and uncertainty,” she added.

“It’s hard these days to feel grounded or hopeful, but I hope that like me, you’ll find joy and a bit of respite in what Nadia has made. Because she’s a rare talent, someone whose intelligence and compassion for others comes through in every frame she shoots. Most importantly, she understands the meaning of community, the power of community, and her work is magically able to depict it [….]”

”Even in hard times, maybe especially in hard times, our stories help cement our values and strengthen our connections. Sharing them shows us the way forward. I love and miss you all,” she concluded.

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