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Nora Aunor stars, in what is often deemed her finest performance, as Corazon de la Cruz, a Filipina nurse. Living near the US Clark Air Base on Luzon Island, she dreams of a better life in the United States… until the unspeakable happens.

Directed by Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara, Once A Moth is a long-lost, rarely-seen landmark of Filipino cinema, here miraculously salvaged and restored despite weather-worn elements and a missing first reel. A timeless, galvanising, anti-imperialist classic conceived as a protest film against the unending occupation of the Philippines by foreign powers, it gives their wings back to those attracted and irrevocably burned by the flame of the American Dream.

Region A Blu-ray
2K restoration by ABS-CBN
Featurette on the restoration (9mins, 2023)
Before and After (1min, 2018)
Restoration Trailer
Booklet with
Archival Photographs courtesy of the Mowelfund Library and Audiovisual Archives
New writing by scholars Jose B. Capino and John Labella
Interview with Digna Santiago
Interview with Marina Feleo Gonzalez by critic Aaron Hunt
New art by Luigi Almuena
Optional English Subtitles


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