Michelle Obama stars in new Netflix documentary

File: The film chronicles former first lady Michelle Obama's book tour.

File: The film chronicles former first lady Michelle Obama's book tour.


LOS ANGELES - Michelle Obama will star in a new documentary out next week which follows the former first lady's global book tour for her smash-hit memoir, Netflix said.

"Becoming," out May 6, is the Obamas' latest collaboration with the streaming giant after last year's "American Factory," which won the best documentary Oscar in February.

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The movie "shares the stories of the amazing people I met after the release of my memoir," tweeted Obama following the surprise announcement.

"During this difficult time, I hope you'll find some inspiration and joy in this film."

The book of the same name by Obama -- America's first African American first lady and wife of the first black US president -- became a publishing sensation upon its release in 2018, selling more than two million copies in North America in two weeks.

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Obama toured 34 cities over several months to promote the book accompanied by cinematographer Nadia Hallgren, who makes her feature directorial debut with the "rare and up-close" documentary. 

The film chronicles Obama's "current experience -- where she is in this moment and the way she's reflecting on the entirety of her life, not just her years in the White House," said Hallgren.