by Fulvio Bernasconi

DigitalBeta, 16:9, color, 56', 2005

coproduction with TSI-Televisione svizzera

original version: English, Shona, French

subtitles: English, Italian

Awards: Nomination Prix Europa 2005. Festivals Selections:Solothurn Film Festival, Festival International du Film de Quartier, Dakar

Aces Youth Soccer Academy (AYSA) is the football school founded by Swiss trainer Marc Duvillard in Harare, Zimbabwe. POWERFUL MEN closely follows the teenagers in their daily life (school, training, matches and family life) depicting their dream of becoming international football stars, following the footsteps of the idols they watch on tv and whose photographs decorate walls, school books and dreams. But the documentary is not only about football and dreams, it tells us what it means to grow up in Africa nowadays.