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Michelle Obama's New ‘Becoming’ Documentary Is Coming To Netflix

Michelle Obama's New ‘Becoming’ Documentary Is Coming To Netflix

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Forever First Lady Michelle Obama announced the release date for her new “Becoming” documentary in partnership with Netflix. 

The film follows Obama’s journey as she travels after the release of her “Becoming” memoir. It takes a deep dive into her new normal post White House and the stories of young and old alike as they share their journeys to “become” with the Former First Lady. 

 

 Obama took to social media to announce the new documentary, saying, “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’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

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The memoir is on track to becoming the best-selling autobiography in history, selling over 725,000 copies on its first day and more than 10 million in the first couple of months after its release. The staggering hype around the memoir was only superseded by the book tour, which brought millions out to arena size shows for an intimate conversation with Obama. A moment that the First Lady admits she cherishes even more now.

“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. 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,” Obama said.

She went on to sing the praises of Nadia Hallgren, who directed the documentary. “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. More importantly, she understands the meaning of community, the power of community, and her work is magically able to depict it.” 

The “Becoming” documentary airs May 6th on Netflix. In the words of our First Lady, “Even in hard times, our stories help cement our values and strengthen our connections. Sharing them shows us the way forward.”

We love and miss you too First Lady! Thank you for all you’ve done for us!

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