“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.”
After closing a producing deal with the streamer in 2018, Obama’s Higher Ground Productions produced the Academy Award-winning documentary, “American Factory.” It took a candid look at the cultural merge and clash of an American and Chinese working-class industry. The Obama’s went on to produce “Crip Camp,” the Sundance Audience Award-winning feature documentary on disability. The film documents a tremendous journey for a group of disabled teenagers in a summer camp and their prolonged impact.
“So little of who I am happened in those eight years. So much more of who I was happened before,” Michelle Obama says in the “Becoming” trailer.”
Halgren is a longtime filmmaker and cinematographer. Her directorial credits include the TV miniseries, “She’s the Ticket,” following the campaigning journeys of women vying for local political offices. Halgren’s cinematography credits feature “We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World.” She also shot the timely sociopolitical docs, “Trapped” on abortion access, and “Untouchable,” on the laws of sexual abuse in Florida. Halgren shoots the upcoming documentary, “Oscar’s Comeback,” on the annual Oscar Micheaux Film Festival in Gregory, South Dakota.
“Becoming“ arrives globally to Netflix streaming May 6. Watch the trailer below!