Netflix, in tandem with Higher Ground Productions, has announced that former first lady Michelle Obama’s documentary, Becoming, will be available for streaming on Netflix beginning May 6.
Named after her New York Times Bestselling memoir published in 2018, Becoming follows Michelle Obama on a 34-city book tour she embarked on to promote her books recent publishing. While she spent nearly a decade in the business of White House affairs, this documentary offers the viewer a unique opportunity to experience the former first lady behind the scenes of her life on the book tour.
“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,” Michelle Obama said, according to Deadline.
“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, tend to our communities, and try to keep up with work and school while coping with huge amounts of loss, confusion, and uncertainty.”
Higher Ground Productions, the production company that former President Barrack Obama and Michelle launched in 2019, will now have another film under their belt, including Oscar award winning documentary, American Factory.
Among the creative crew who have made the documentary possible are filmmaker and cinematographer, Nadia Halgren, who directed Oscar-short listed, After Maria, alongside Katy Chevigny, Marilyn Ness and Lauren Cioffi on board as producers. Higher Ground co-heads, Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis, are executive producers on the film, while Maureen A. Ryan is on board as a co-executive producer.
According to Variety, Halgren admits that filming the project proved strenuous and no easy task because Obama “moves fast” and always has Secret Service swarming around her, but she also notes that the work put into this documentary has rewarded her with developing a close relationship with Michelle off camera.
Along with a Netflix released trailer on the documentary, Michelle Obama offers a note on the release of Becoming, and a hopeful message as the coronavirus pandemic prevails:
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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. 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