A new documentary starring Michelle Obama is coming to Netflix. ‘Becoming’, which will be released on May 6, is an intimate look into the life of the former First Lady, during a moment of profound change in her life.
The documentary is not just concerned with Michelle’s personal challenges, but also with the country that she and her husband led for eight years. The film, directed by Nadia Hallgren, offers a rare and up-close look at Michelle’s life, taking viewers behind the scenes as she embarks on a 34-city tour, focusing on the power of community and the importance of connection.
Michelle says that although it is often difficult to feel grounded these days, she hopes that the film will provide a bit of respite from the uncertainty of the world.
“Those months I spent travelling — 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,” she says.
“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.
“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.” Michelle adds that as a “hugger,” she knows all too well the internal struggle and loneliness that has come with self-isolation and social distancing.
“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,” she says.
“But I’m here for you. And I know you are here for one another.
“Even as we can no longer safely gather or feed off the energy of groups, even as many of us are living with grief, loneliness, and fear, we need to stay open and able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes.”
Becoming comes to Netflix on May 6.