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May 05, 2020

Michelle Obama's Documentary 'Becoming' Offers Rare Look at Her Life

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Netflix released a trailer for "Becoming," a new documentary that steps into Michelle Obama's life "unplugged" as she toured 34 cities following the release of her memoir by the same name.

In what the former first lady promises to be a never-before-seen glimpse into her life, the new documentary called "Becoming" extends back well into her childhood. 

"This is totally me, unplugged, for the first time," Michelle said during the trailer of the documentary.

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WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED?

While the documentary features various elements of her personal life, including her mother, Marian Shields Robinson, her brother Craig, and moments shared with Barack Obama, it also delves into the purpose behind the documentary.

Michelle's mom always said that she and Barack "aren't special," and through the documentary, the former first lady wants to inspire the youth to chase their dreams, because there are "millions of Barack and Michelle Obamas" worldwide.

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WHEN WILL IT BE AVAILABLE?

"Becoming" is set to debut on Netflix on May 6, and is the third significant collaboration between the Obamas' production company Higher Ground, and the media service provider. Apart from "Crip Camp," they also released "American Factory," which earned an Oscar.

The memoir became an instant bestseller after being published on November 13, 2018. "Becoming" shot to the top of Amazon's seller list, and a month later, Michelle got named as America's most admired woman, according to the annual survey by Gallup.

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SHARING THE NEWS WITH HER FOLLOWERS

Michelle also took to social media to share the exciting news of the release of the documentary directed by Nadia Hallgren and wrote:

"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."

With social distancing rules in place amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Michelle admits that she finds it challenging since she's a natural "hugger."

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THE DOCUMENTARY COMES AT A CHALLENGING TIME

A firm believer that a hug is the easiest way to show that you are there for someone, the former first lady also knows that this is a difficult time to release a documentary centred around community and togetherness. 

However, she also offered words of support, and Michelle pointed out that the challenging times help forge stronger connections through sharing them, showing us "the way forward."

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A TIME TO SPREAD LOVE

With social isolation in place, Michelle Obama had also been vocal about staying in touch with loved ones. The most recent of which came as an appeal alongside a picture the former first lady posted with her mom.

Noting that it is an emotionally challenging time, Michelle said that its "so important" to regularly check in on the people we care about to make sure they are okay and that they know that they are loved.

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