Netflix has released the official trailer for Becoming, an upcoming feature documentary focused on Michelle Obama.
Becoming follows the former First Lady during the 34-city tour she went on to promote her 2018 book of the same name. Along the way, as the synopsis says, the doco “offers a rare and up-close look at her life.”
Seeing as this was crafted under the Obamas’ production banner Higher Ground Prods and the couple have a big development deal with Netflix, it’s unlikely to be a warts-and-all examination at the once FLOTUS that could any way threaten her image. A few reviews have pointed that out; “it plays like an extended promotional video,” reads Variety’s review, “a cross between close-contact hero worship and inspirational infomercial.”
Still, it’s that inspirational angle that could mark this documentary’s success. As Deadline’s review reads: “Becoming unveils its true clear and present aim as a not-so-subtle saga of the journey and the battles that women, especially working-class women of color, travel and fight as an almost matter of course every day.”
The documentary is directed by Nadia Hallgren, who previously helmed Netflix short documentary After Maria, about three Puerto Rican women forced to flee the island following Hurricane Maria.
Becoming hits Netflix on May 6.
Official synopsis for Becoming:
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.