“So little of who I am happened in those eight years,” former First Lady Michelle Obama says, referring to Barack Obama’s two terms as President of the United States. “So much more of who I was happened before.” Enter Becoming, the new Netflix documentary that explores who Obama was before entering the White House and her blockbuster book tour that followed.
The first trailer for the documentary, which debuts on Netflix this Wednesday, May 6, is set to Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” and fits the empowering spirit of the doc. Obama tracks her life from a childhood in the working-class South Side of Chicago to her time as First Lady, where she became one of the most inspiring political voices of our time.
But the Nadia Hallgren-directed film shifts focus from Obama’s story to a larger call for equality and action. “There are millions of Michelle and Barack Obamas all over the world,” Obama insists. The film is somewhat of a companion to Obama’s 2018 memoir of the same name, which became the best-selling book that year. Still, she promises in the trailer that this is her: “unplugged, for the first time” and offering unprecedented access to her life and work.
An official synopsis for the film, as part of the Obamas’ landmark production deal with Netflix, reads:
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.
You can follow Obama’s groundbreaking story—and get inspired to share your own—when the documentary hits Netflix on Wednesday.