Watch Michelle Obama’s Netflix Debut On May 6th | Stream Becoming

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I’m excited to let you know that on May 6, @Netflix will release BECOMING, a documentary film directed by @nadiahallgren that looks at my life and the experiences I had while touring following the release of my memoir. 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. 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, and cope with loss, confusion, and uncertainty. 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. As many of you know, I’m a hugger. My whole life, I’ve seen it as the most natural and equalizing gesture one human can make toward another—the easiest way of saying, “I’m here for you.” And this is one of the toughest parts of our new reality: Things that once felt simple—going to see a friend, sitting with someone who is hurting, embracing someone new—are now not simple at all. But I’m here for you. And I know you are here for one another. Even as we can no longer safely gather we need to stay open and able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Empathy is our lifeline here. Let’s use it to redirect our attention toward what matters most, and find ways to better remake the world in the image of our hopes. Even 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. #IAmBecoming.

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The documentary will give us a first-hand look at Michelle Obama’s 34-city book tour, sharing stories and lessons learned along the way.

In 2018, the Obamas signed a deal with Netflix to produce content for the streaming service via their production company, Higher Ground Productions. The company produced Oscar-winning documentary “American Factory” in February of this year. “Crip Camp,” also released this year, highlights a summer camp for teens with disabilities.

Watch the trailer below:

Directed by Nadia Hallgren

Produced by Katy Chevigny and Marilyn Ness

Producer Lauren Cioffi

Co-Producer Maureen A. Ryan

Executive Producers Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis

“It succeeds in allowing Michelle to be the star of her own film (and life).A HECK OF A JOURNEY TO WATCH.”– Lindsey Bahr, AP

“It has the power to restore a viewer’s spirits in these dark days of pandemic and paranoia.”– Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“It offers glimpses of Michelle Obama’s extraordinary ability to connect with young people, old people – people, period.”– Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“A fascinating and revealing up-close look at someone we all think we already know.” – Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle“★★★★★. 

Nadia Hallgren’s glowing heat-lamp of a film captures the former first lady’s warmth with onstage anecdotes, backstage scenes and family gatherings.”– Suzi Feay, The Financial Times

“The book reflects on how she became first lady; this suggests she’s still growing as a person, empowering us to do the same.”– Peter Debruge, Variety  

Becoming is 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. The film offers a rare and up-close look at her life, taking viewers behind the scenes as she embarks on a 34-city tour that highlights the power of community to bridge our divides and the spirit of connection that comes when we openly and honestly share our stories.

Are you excited for Mrs. Obama documentary? I know we are! Watch it here:

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  1. Ron Nadler says:

    Hola! I’ve been following your web site for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

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