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Patimire (Where we stand) Covid 19 Animation Series with This is Africa

We were Honoured to work with This is Africa on this 3 episode series on Covid 19 Awareness following how the Phiri’s are coping with the situation



Patimire (Where we stand)

The Covid-19 Pandemic disrupted life for everyone all around the globe. We were excited to work with This is Africa as part of their storytelling project, on this tripartite video animation series capturing the various ways in which the pandemic has had disproportionate economic impact on the urban poor (economically vulnerable households), with serious implications on family relationships.

Watch the 3 episodes below

Episode 01

Episode one introduces the family and captures the animated challenges the family faces. It’s a story about the Phiri family living in the high-density suburbs. A family of four, faced with their unique version of a distressing time during this pandemic.

Episode 02

Based on the lockdown experiences of the Phiri family, mourning the loss of a loved one during the pandemic, episode two focusses on dispelling some rampant myths and misinformation on COVID-19 vaccination and encourages people to get vaccinated as doses are becoming available across the continent.

Episode 03

In this episode we highlight that the need for wearing masks remains essential, even now that some people are being vaccinated. There are several good reasons to keep masking up and observing physical distancing.


The episode encourages people to continue masking up even with vaccines now being rolled out. The availability of vaccines is not an automatic end for the pandemic and it’s not an instant return to normal.

The experiences of the Phiri family have highlighted the numerous effects COVID-19 has had on family dynamics. However, despite the numerous challenges, the lessons the Phiri family has learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic, their optimism, trials, tribulations and triumphs give us hope that we will come out of the pandemic bruised and battered but stronger.


This series is a creative storytelling collaboration between This is Africa (TIA) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)

Kudakwashe Maxwell

Kudakwashe Maxwell

Director, Animator, Sekuru Tindo, Txeli, Cop 2

Kudzaishe Chimedza

Kudzaishe Chimedza

Writer, Michelle’s friend

Anopa Maisiri

Mr Phiri

Elaine Manyika

Elaine Manyika

Mrs Phiri, Doctor Janet

Kudakwashe Mtuwa

Timothy Phiri, Relative 01

Tariro Makanha

Tariro Makanha

Narrator, Cop 1

Philemon Matambanadzo

Relative 02

Lisa Maxwell

Michelle Phiri

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