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Going Behind The Making Of Top Secret Michelle Obama Documentary 'Becoming'

The Obamas’ Higher Ground production company hired Hallgren to follow Michelle Obama on the 34-city, 2018-2019 book tour for her memoir, Becoming, during which the filmmaker captured intimate moments with family, staff and the thousands of mostly female fans who flocked to see the groundbreaking former First Lady.

2020-05-07T14:42:00Z

When you're shooting with and for Michelle Obama, it is almost entirely impossible to maintain the content and reason of that shoot a 'secret,' isn't it?

However, for nearly two years, Nadia Hallgren has been keeping the biggest moment of her career a secret from even her closest friends. The Bronx-born cinematographer just directed her first feature, Becoming, a documentary about Michelle Obama which Netflix announced just a week before premiering the film on its service May 6.

The Obamas’ Higher Ground production company hired Hallgren to follow Michelle Obama on the 34-city, 2018-2019 book tour for her memoir, Becoming, during which the filmmaker captured intimate moments with family, staff and the thousands of mostly female fans who flocked to see the groundbreaking former First Lady.

When asked on how was it kept a secret, she said, I can't believe we did it. I would have these nightmares that some article would come out. Even my closest friends didn't know what I was doing. I finally just started telling people, "It's a secret project. I really can't talk about it. Don't press me." But I had one friend who would be like, "Every time I text you and you tell me you're somewhere, it's the same place Michelle Obama is." I was like, "That's a coincidence." But it managed to stay a secret, and I think the surprise of the film is really fun, especially in this moment."

Well, now that the secret is out, you can read our review here.

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