Michelle Obama documentary on Netflix: Sasha and Malia share their admiration for their mother

Caroline Allen
Contributor
The revealed their admiration in the new Netflix programme. (Getty Images)

Barack and Michelle Obama’s daughters, Malia, 21 and Sasha, 18, opened up about their admiration for their mum in the new Netflix documentary film, Becoming.

The film gives us a behind the scenes look at Michelle Obama’s 34-city book tour for her bestselling book of the same name.

Malia, who is currently a junior at Harvard University, and Sasha, who is a freshman at the University of Michigan admitted their mother doesn’t “face the same scrutiny” since they left the White House in 2017.

The interview marks one of the first from the girls.

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“Being able to let all of that leave your mind, creates so much more space.” Malia explained, talking about her family’s time at the White House.

“I'm excited for her to be proud of what she's done,” Sasha added. “Because I think that that's the most important thing for a human to do, is be proud of themselves.”

The pair don’t feature heavily in the documentary, but we do see Malia again. She visits her mother backstage during the Becoming book tour.

Her stadium-sized tour sold out in numerous venues around the world, including an audience with Michelle Obama at London’s Royal Festival Hall which sold out in minutes.

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The book, which chronicled the former First Lady’s life from childhood to present, was a huge hit with millions of people around the world.

The Netflix series follows the tour of the book, which was moderated by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Stephen Colbert.

“You're so good, I love you too much.” Malia said to her mum.

She also admitted she “cried again” while watching her on stage.

When her mum asks her why she’s always crying, she gushes about her achievements, saying she loves seeing people acknowledging her hard work.

“You see that huge crowd out there and that last kind of speech you gave about — people are here because people really believe in hope and hope in other people.” She explained.

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Her daughters aren’t the only members of Michelle Obama’s family to make an appearance.

Former President Barack Obama, her mother, Marian Robinson, and brother, Craig Robinson can also be seen in the documentary.

Netflix only announced the release on the film last week, sharing that it would be an “intimate” look into the life of Michelle Obama.

It premieres on 6 May.

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In the preview, Obama opens up about her working-class background, which she talks about in detail in the book.

“I am from the South Side of Chicago. That tells you as much about me as you need to know.” She explained.

Speaking about her time in the White House, she said that so much of who she is now was made up of things that happened to her before her time at the First Lady, and not during those eight years.

Becoming sold 11 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 20 different languages.