Becoming

This new documentary takes us behind-the-scenes during Michelle Obama’s blockbuster book tour, offering us a glimpse into the former first lady’s work to empower women and girls.

The film gives a Cliff’s Notes version of the book, showing Obama as she tells her life story to moderators like Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross, Stephen Colbert, and Conan O’Brien in front of packed crowds in various cities. Viewers get many of the highlights of her life, including her childhood in Chicago, her college years at Harvard, meeting Barack, becoming a mother, and, of course, her eight years in the White House.

Michelle Obama tweeted, “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.”

Director Nadia Hallgren and her crew trail Obama as she meets with fans at book signings, joins small groups of students at high schools, and chats behind the scenes with her staff, Secret Service detail, and family members.

Becoming is a welcome reminder that Michelle Obama continues to be a force for good in a world where that can sometimes feel like a resource in short supply.

Catch Becoming on Netflix.

 

 

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