‘Becoming’ Brings More than Just Michelle Obama at the Center
Higher Ground is the brainchild of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, which, in 2018, made a pact with Netflix. We expected a talk show or even a reality show discussing political issues, but they had something else in mind.
With zero on-screen presence, the tandem produced ‘American Factory’ and ‘Crip Cramp.’ The latter opened Sundance this year with Higher Ground attached to it.
Now, we’re preparing for the statement that the former first lady had made over the years as they release ‘Becoming’ on Netflix. The show, just like her memoir, is not an investigation of some sort. It’s a recollection of her 34-city book tour, which was moderated by Stephen Colbert, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey.
We’ll also take a look at some archival footage from the lives of the Obamas before and in the White House. Another significant bit is we’ll have a glimpse of who Michele Obama is becoming as she shares reflective conversations of herself on her 60th birthday, which is happening four years from now!
It’s a “power of gathering” with the younger generation, where she hopes to pass ideals and dreams instead of bringing change.
The documentary doesn’t have a single line of storytelling. It doesn’t just focus on Obama’s book tour; instead, it also highlights her inner circle, from long-time employees to stylists. Obama also leads the way as director Nadia Hallgren, also the co-lense of ‘College Behind Bars,’ documents her from a respectable distance. As she leads the way, Hallgren follows her through hotel rooms, car rides, or stadiums.
‘Becoming’ brings us closer to her immediate sphere and the people we’ve always known, but see in the background. Of course, cameos from Barack Obama during her book tour with flowers on his hand and, of course, a brief cameo from her children.
We believe their presence is essential, especially that Obama “remain[s] hopeful that people want better, if not for themselves then for the next generation.”
The 90-minute ‘Becoming’ documentary, where she shares her heart, hopes, and lifelong calling to mentor the younger generation, is set to air on Netflix on Wednesday, May 6.
I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peek of BECOMING before it premieres on Netflix on May 6. This movie tells my story, from my childhood on the South Side of Chicago to my life today—and it celebrates the powerful stories of the people I met along the way.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) May 4, 2020