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Michelle Obama’s Becoming Trailer Reveals Her Inner World: “This Is Totally Me”

Get ready to step into Michelle Obama’s world. On Monday, Netflix released the trailer for Becoming, its upcoming documentary about the former First Lady’s 34-city tour around the country following the release of her bestselling memoir. If the trailer is any indication, the doc will also delve into Obama’s past, including rare glimpses at her childhood and life before the White House.

“This is totally me, unplugged, for the first time,” Obama says in voiceover.

The trailer includes several moments with Obama’s family, including big brother Craig Robinson, mother Marian Shields Robinson, and, of course, First Husband Barack Obama, who can be glimpsed planting a kiss on Michelle’s cheek in one scene. Curiously absent? First Kids Malia and Sasha Obama, who have shown time and time again that they are simply too cool to get involved in their parents’ endeavors. Besides, they have homework!

Becoming isn’t just a revealing documentary about Obama’s personal life. It’s also about how Obama wants to influence and inspire the next generation of girls and young women. The trailer is awash in girl power synergy, set to Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire.” During the tour, Obama met hundreds of thousands of girls, both through the big arena talks and small community gatherings which saw the former First Lady hosting intimate talks with girls all across the country, inspiring them to chase their dreams.

“As my mother would say, Michelle and Barack Obama aren’t special,” Obama says. “There are millions of Baracks and Michelle Obamas all over the world.” Becoming will debut on Netflix on May 6.

This documentary is the third major collaboration between Netflix and the Obamas, via their production company Higher Ground. Previously, they’ve released the Oscar-winning documentary American Factory and the inspiring Crip Camp on the streamer.

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