Netflix surprised the nation on Monday by announcing that a documentary about Michelle Obama and her 34-city tour of the United States will be coming out next week.
Fox News reported that the documentary “Becoming” was directed by Nadia Hallgren, and it follows Michelle as she travels around the country giving speeches to Americans about her time living in the White House during her husband Barack Obama’s presidency.
“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. 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,” Michelle said in a press release. “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.”
The former First Lady went on to say that she is hoping the documentary will cheer up Americans who are struggling in quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“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,” Michelle said.
She added that she too has had to make some serious changes to her life because of COVID-19.
“As many of you know, I’m a hugger. My whole life, I’ve seen it as the most natural and equalizing gesture one human can make toward another — the easiest way of saying, ‘I’m here for you,’” she said “And this is one of the toughest parts of our new reality: Things that once felt simple — going to see a friend, sitting with someone who is hurting, embracing someone new — are now not simple at all.”
Michelle made sure to end her statement with an optimistic message:
“But I’m here for you. And I know you are here for one another. Even as we can no longer safely gather or feed off the energy of groups, even as many of us are living with grief, loneliness, and fear, we need to stay open and able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Empathy is our lifeline here. It’s what will get us to the other side. Let’s use it to redirect our attention toward what matters most, reconsider our priorities, and find ways to better remake the world in the image of our hopes. Even in hard times, maybe especially in hard times, our stories help cement our values and strengthen our connections. Sharing them shows us the way forward. I love and miss you all.”
Nobody knew that a documentary about Michelle was even in the works, so news of this documentary has come as good news for her fans who are desperate for things to do in self-isolation. Becoming will be available for streaming on Netflix on May 6.