*Netflix has announced that a documentary based on Michelle Obama’s book “Becoming” will be dropping on May 6.
The latest project highlights the former First Lady’s “Becoming” book tour of 34 cities throughout the U.S. to promote her bestselling memoir in 2018. The doc will be released as part of Barack and Michelle’s deal with at the streaming service under their production company High Ground Productions.
“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,” Michelle said in a statement. “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.”
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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
Obama also addressed the current COVID-19 health crisis.
“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,” she continued. “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.”
And when it comes to how the virus has impacted her, Michelle noted that she is “a hugger,” so the pandemic has made it impossible for her to show affection.
“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.”
Scroll up and check out the trailer for “Becoming” via the YouTube clip above.