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FIRST LOOK: Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' Docuseries

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We didn't need a trailer to make us want to watch what will surely be epicness on our TV screens.  But now, we're convinced we need a Beychella style watch party as well.

 

Get the very first look at Michelle Obama's Netflix doc "Becoming" inside.

We're in tears already and we haven't even heard the Netflix "Duh duhnnnn".  We missed our Forever First Lady before she even officially left office, but even the thought of now getting a super intimate look at her post-White House life has us extra emotional.  Or maybe it's just from being quarantined while the country heads toward another Great Depression without good leadership.  One or the other.

Now, Netflix is giving us a taste of what to expect when Becoming - the docuseries with the same title as her first book - drops May 6th.

Becoming is an intimate look into the life of former First Lady Michelle Obama during a moment of profound change, not only for her personally but for the country she and her husband served over eight impactful years in the White House. The film offers a rare and up-close look at her life, taking viewers behind the scenes as she embarks on a 34-city tour that highlights the power of community to bridge our divides and the spirit of connection that comes when we openly and honestly share our stories.

Watch the trailer below:

 

 

*shaking and crying*

Director Nadia Hallgren revealed about the work it took to get something this special filmed:

"I met with Michelle Obama in 2018, after Higher Ground Productions reached out with an idea they were floating about filming the former First Lady as she started her book tour for Becoming.

I had 30 minutes with her, I was told— and if you connect with each other, you have the job. No pressure. We just started to talk about ourselves. I’m from the South Bronx, she’s from the South Side. We both understood the neighborhood pride. We talked about where we came from, how it shaped who we are and, of course, we talked about our mothers. After 30 minutes, she said, “Let’s do this.”"

The 15-year film vet said she had to do things quite differently to make sure she got close to Mrs. O.

"To make this film feel intimate I knew I had to get close. In practical terms, that can be a hard thing to do with Michelle Obama. For security reasons alone, she’s flanked by Secret Service everywhere she goes. She moves quickly and I had to learn to move with her — I filmed in tight, ​private spaces in a way that required the smallest possible footprint, but also allowed me to build a close relationship with her. What I noticed most was how she listens and interacts with people and how they react to her. There’s a magic that happens when people meet her — an afterglow and a boost in confidence."

We can attest to that - first hand.

Nadia also reveals what they're trying to relay in the doc:

"I wanted to translate this experience to the screen. Years of filming in high stakes scenarios around the world prepared me for this moment, but I admit, as I began working on this film, the significance of her legacy and the weight of filming the first black First Lady was always with me. It was something I knew I had to break through quickly. But as Mrs. Obama began to speak about having the same doubts, the same fears, the same insecurities we’re conditioned to ask ourselves everyday, it felt as if she was guiding me without knowing it. Simply by lifting the veil. I intended on making a film about her current experience — where she is in this moment and the way she’s reflecting on the entirety of her life, not just her years in the White House. Spending time with the Robinson family and seeing how they love to tease and rib each other was unexpected and striking in its familiarity. It’s easy to see how Mrs. Obama is able to stay grounded and down to earth. It’s the same spirit and humor that she brought to rapt audiences in packed arenas and intimate spaces alike, reconnecting with people in a way she hadn’t been able to in years.

That is what B​ecoming is at its core: understanding that when you share the same fears, doubts, and joys as someone like Michelle Obama, all of our stories have equal power."

May 6th. Netflix.  Be ready to witness greatness again.

By the way, Forever FLOTUS hasn't completely stepped away from the political arena.  She created her When We All Vote platform to encourage people to register to vote, vote early, and vote often, especially this November.  Along with media partners (like us) and celeb friends, WWAV has engaged well over 400 million registered voters online since 2018.

Photo: Netflix

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