Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground Productions and Netflix have announced that their latest documentary on the former First Lady, Becoming, will be released on May 6.

The documentary will follow Michelle’s day-to-day life as she goes on tour to promote her memoir titled, Becoming. The book  was published in 2018 by Crown and quickly became the best-selling book of the year. 

“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, tend to our communities, and try to keep up with work and school while coping with huge amounts of loss, confusion, and uncertainty,” said Michelle. 

The film is directed by filmmaker and cinematographer Nadia Hallgren who has worked with Michelle in the past. In 2016, Hallgren worked on CNN’s When We Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World. 

“Even as we can no longer safely gather or feed off the energy of groups, even as many of us are living with grief, loneliness, and fear, we need to stay open and able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Empathy is our lifeline here. It’s what will get us to the other side. Let’s use it to redirect our attention toward what matters most, reconsider our priorities, and find ways to better remake the world in the image of our hopes. Even in hard times, maybe especially 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,” Michelle stated. 

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