Michelle Obama announced that her memoir Becoming will be released on Netflix as a documentary. On Monday, the former first lady of the United States gave her followers an update on her documentary. It will be released on May 6th.
What We Know:
- Michelle expressed her excitement on Twitter with a post describing how she felt working with the crew that helped make BECOMING. The documentary is directed by Nadia Hallgren and shares the stories of the amazing people Michelle met after the release of her memoir.
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 itself was in fact named after the ex-FLOTUS’ memoir. It offers a rare, up-close look at Michelle as she embarked on a 34-city tour to promote the book. Both her book and the film highlight the power of community and how people are brought closer to each other when they openly share their stories.
- Hallgren’s portfolio includes After Maria, an Oscar-shortlisted documentary. Katy Chevigny, Marilyn Ness, and Lauren Cioffi also joined the new project as producers, Variety reported.
- According to the director, she was approached by Higher Ground to film Michelle during her tour. She was given a 30-minute meeting with Barack Obama’s wife to decide if she was a fit for the role. The documentarian grabbed the opportunity and admitted that it was difficult filming with Michelle because she is “flanked by Secret Service everywhere she goes”.
Michelle spoke about Hallgren stating, “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.”