Barack and Michelle Obama have unveiled their latest documentary project for Netflix, which highlights the former First Lady’s Becoming book tour.
The film follows the 56-year-old as she toured 34 cities throughout the U.S. to promote her bestselling memoir in 2018, and it will be released as part of a deal Michelle and the former President signed with bosses at the streaming service under their company banner, High Ground Productions.
“Those months I spent traveling – meeting and connecting with people in cities across the globe – drove home the idea that what we share in common is deep and real and can’t be messed with,” Michelle said in a statement. “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. 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, tend to our communities, and try to keep up with work and school while coping with huge amounts of loss, confusion, and uncertainty.”
Directed by Nadia Hallgren, Becoming will debut on May 6, 2020. The release follows the pair’s first film as producers, American Factory, which won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar earlier this year (2020).