Michelle Obama's Documentary 'Becoming' to Release on Netflix
Former first lady Michelle Obama has teamed up with Netflix for a documentary titled 'Becoming' that shows her life and work since leaving the White House.
Since Michelle Obama released her best-selling and Grammy award-winning memoir titled, "Becoming," the former first lady has turned her experiences into a documentary.
Michelle announced that she has teamed up with Netflix to release the documentary, "Becoming" on May 6, 2020. It gives the first look into her life since leaving the White House.
In a clip from the documentary for one of her many stops across the country, it revealed Michelle's desire to reach out to young people and share their stories through community events.
In a personal statement about the documentary Michelle said that "Becoming" would give viewers a look into her personal life and the experiences she gained over several months, she explained:
"Meeting and connecting with people in cities across the globe, drove home the idea that what we share in common is deep and real."
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I’m excited to let you know that on May 6, @Netflix will release BECOMING, a documentary film directed by @nadiahallgren 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.
Michelle revealed that all the conversations she shared with different people from their setbacks, accomplishments to dreams all culminated into their hopes for a better future, she said:
"We 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 having so much fun with all of you on my #IAmBecoming tour that I decided to do one final round of events to see folks in some cities we missed! These conversations have been so meaningful for me, and I hope they’ve been meaningful for you all, too. Can’t wait to see even more of you in 2019!
Michelle's message got very personal when she admitted that she is a hugger. She said such affection was the "easiest way of saying, "I'm here for you."
However, given the COVID-19 outbreak, she agreed that such forms of affection are not possible. So she hopes that the stories depicted in the documentary would help strengthen people's connection with one another and highlight the things that matter the most.
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As I begin the final weekend of my #IAmBecoming tour, I joined my friends @honeychildtracy and @michele__norris in Florida to talk about why it's so important to make sure girls know the power in their own stories. Whether as a parent, mentor, teacher, or neighbor, each of us can show them that their voices are valued and respected from a young age—and that can have an extraordinary effect on who they’ll become in the years ahead. When we view their voices as equal, when we truly listen to them and appreciate what they say, they will feel more empowered to share themselves with the rest of the world, too. Organizations like @HoneyShineInc and @OYCMiami are living out this message by giving girls in Florida the tools and platform they need to reach their boundless potential. To the ladies I met with today, never underestimate the power in your own story — I hope you’ll share yours bravely, and help others share theirs, too. It’s how we all keep becoming, together.
Family is one of the things that matter the most to Michelle. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, she said he family is quarantined in their home in Washington.
She revealed that her daughters Sasha and Malia, are back from college, and are completing their studies online, while her husband Barack Obama is also focused on his work from his home office.
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