From Memoir to Movie: Michelle Obama’s Becoming Arrives May 6 on Netflix

By Allan Spencer | April 30 2020 | English Language ArtsFavorite Authors & SeriesSocial StudiesHigh School

Arriving May 6 on Netflix, Becoming is a documentary feature film following Michelle Obama during the worldwide book tour for her bestselling memoir of the same name. Produced in association with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions and Big Mouth Productions, the documentary is directed by Nadia Hallgren and provides an up-close look at the former First Lady’s journey, the people she met along the way, and the conversations they shared over the course of the tour.

After Netflix’s announcement on Monday, April 27, Michelle Obama shared details about the the film’s upcoming release on Twitter, writing, “During this difficult time, I hope you’ll find some inspiration and joy in this film.” In an Instagram post, she added, “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. 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, and cope with loss, confusion, and uncertainty.  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”

As of July 28, 2020, Becoming has received four Emmy nominations. It is nominated in these categories for the 72nd annual Emmy Awards:

  • Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Special
  • Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Non-Fiction Program
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Non-Fiction Program
  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score)



Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice
What's your journey of becoming? Based on Michelle Obama's bestselling memoir, this gorgeous journal features an intimate and inspiring introduction by the former First Lady and more than 150 inspiring questions and quotes to help you discover--and rediscover--your story.
$19.99 US
Nov 19, 2019
208 Pages
Clarkson Potter