The film tackles a slice of life a slum community located around a middle-housing tenement. Representing this community is the pretty 18-year-old slum girl Gina who ekes out a living by selling fried bananas around the area and helping her Grandma Cion do laundry jobs for the tenement residents. With her mother dead and her father in prison for armed robbery, Gina serves as surrogate parents to her brother Boyet (14) and her sister Maria (10).
Entertaining dreams a better future, Gina rejects the amorous intentions of ardent uitor Nonoy whose vices and nefarious activities include gambling, drugs and pimping, in favor of the student Jimboy, a tenement resident and the son of Mrs.Alano, a wealthy usurer. Nonoy is more sincere in his intentions than his better off rival Jimboy who is only after an easy lay but Gina is determined not to marry another slum dweller.
Fetch a Pail of Water is a small movie. It is small in the sense that the universe of the poor is limited to their dreams They may aspire to escape from the stench and deprivation that make up their daily, but the real possibilities their liberation are quite few. Understanding the Filipino poor through the eyes of a filmmaker can be quite a challenge. And this is may hope to share with the world the universe of the suffering of a great number of my countrymen.