Netflix is planning to release a documentary on former First Lady Michelle Obama’s life based on her best-selling memoir, “Becoming.”
I’m excited to share that on May 6, @Netflix will release BECOMING, a documentary directed by Nadia Hallgren that shares the stories of the amazing people I met after the release of my memoir. During this difficult time, I hope you’ll find some inspiration and joy in this film. pic.twitter.com/fqsIbhXYeL
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) April 27, 2020
The documentary appropriately named after Obama’s book — which originated with the Obamas’ Higher Ground production company — will pick up where the memoir left off.
“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,” she shared in a statement.
Following the book’s release, Obama embarked on a 34-city tour that she took to promote it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” Obama said.
The Obamas’ production company shares an exclusive pact with Netflix.
The official description for the documentary reads:
“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.”
In addition to filling in the gaps the book left out, the documentary will also recount some of the same history of her life.
The documentary arrives at a time where people are seeking new content to view while social distancing.
“Even in hard times, maybe especially in hard times, our stories help cement our values and strengthen our connections,” Obama said in response to the ongoing pandemic. “Sharing them shows us the way forward. I love and miss you all.”
The documentary is set to premiere worldwide on May 6.