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'Becoming': Michelle Obama documentary debuts on Netflix on May 6

A top-secret documentary feature on former US first lady Michelle Obama is set to start streaming worldwide on Netflix from May 6. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the documentary shares its title with Michelle Obama's best-selling 2018 memoir Becoming and recounts some of her real-life stories. The documentary will detail the behind-the-scenes moments of Michelle as she embarks on a 34-city tour to promote her book. 

The documentary also marks the feature directorial debut of cinematographer Nadia Hallgren, known for her work Trouble the Water, the 2008 indie about a couple surviving failed levees, bungling bureaucrats, and their own troubled past and a portrait of a community abandoned long before Hurricane Katrina hit.

“Those months I spent travelling, meeting and connecting with people in cities across the globe drove 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,” she said in a statement.


 

Following the release of ‘Becoming’ in 2018, the memoir to date has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, making it a bestselling book in 2018. It also scored a 2020 Grammy award win for Obama in the best spoken word album category. The coming-to-Netflix documentary is a product from the Obama’s owned company Higher Ground Productions, which is credited for the Oscar-winning documentary, ‘American Factory’

The former first lady also addressed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "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 come 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," she added.

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