Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' Is Now a Netflix Documentary

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Michelle Obama is coming to Netflix.

The former first lady will be on our screens on May 6, when Becoming debuts on the streamer. The documentary, directed by Nadia Hallgren, is an "intimate look" at Obama's life and her experience touring following the November 2018 release of her bestselling memoir, also titled Becoming.

"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," Netflix teases.

Watch a first look at Becoming:

Obama opened up about the documentary, writing in an Instagram post that traveling the nation and meeting fans during her book tour "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," she said.

"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, and cope with loss, confusion, and uncertainty," Obama continued. "It’s hard these days to feel grounded or hopeful, but I hope that like me, you’ll find joy and a bit of respite in what Nadia has made. Because she’s a rare talent, someone whose intelligence and compassion for others comes through in every frame she shoots. Most importantly, she understands the meaning of community, the power of community, and her work is magically able to depict it."

While the mother of two is adjusting to life amid the ongoing pandemic, she says she's "here for you" -- even if she is no longer able to give out hugs.

"And I know you are here for one another," she wrote. "Even as we can no longer safely gather we need to stay open and able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Empathy is our lifeline here. Let’s use it to redirect our attention toward what matters most, and find ways to better remake the world in the image of our hopes."

"Even in hard times, our stories help cement our values and strengthen our connections," she concluded. "Sharing them shows us the way forward. I love and miss you all."

Becoming isn't Obama's first project with Netflix. She and husband Barack signed a multi-year deal with the streaming service in 2018. American Factory -- a documentary produced by their production company, Higher Ground -- won an Oscar in February.

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