Netflix Adds a Queer Twist to a Christmas Classic

A New York Christmas, which has just been released on Netflix, puts an LGBTQ twist on the famous film It’s a Wonderful Life (which itself was adapted from the short story, The Greatest Gift.)

The story follows a woman about to be wed to the man she loves…until she stumbles across her guardian angel late one night in Central Park. Her angel allows her to see what her life could have been if she had the courage to remain with her first true love, Gabrielle.

The movie was written, directed, and produced by first-generation filmmaker, Otoja Abit, who even has a role in the film himself! So far BET has called the movie a must-watch on Netflix, and Brides magazine said it was one of the 17 best wedding movies on Netflix. It’s sure to be a winner for anyone who loves uplifting holiday tales, made even better by the inclusivity and diversity within the film.

The movie has also had a successful run at film festivals this year, showing at the American Black Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, and Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, among many others.


You can watch A New York Christmas on Netflix now, and be sure to keep up with filmmaker Otoja Abit on Twitter and Instagram

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