The Film That Became a Movement

“…a moving and remarkable story”
New York Times
“…gripping, inspiring documentary.”
Los Angeles Times
“……as inspiring as it gets.”
Hollywood Reporter
“…praiseworthy, almost Nobel Prize praiseworthy.”
Film Week, NPR

Saving Lives in Sudan

When President Omar Al-Bashir ordered the relentless bombing of the citizens of his own country in the Nuba mountains of Sudan, Dr. Tom Catena was on the ground, one doctor serving 700,000 patients. When a ceasefire was agreed to and the bombing stopped, Dr. Tom stayed, to serve the people who have put their faith and their hope in him.

Telling the Story

A college friend of Dr. Tom’s, filmmaker Kenneth A. Carlson navigated armed militia in Sudan to tell the story. Internationally acclaimed and award-winning, The Heart of Nuba, is now available through Hulu, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Sony, Xbox and in public libraries via Hoopla. It has raised more than $600,000 for medicine, vaccinations, supplies and crucial training of Sudanese staff to support Dr. Tom’s critical, life-saving work. 

Recent News:

Aurora Foundation Launches New Global Initiative

Aurora Foundation Launches New Global Initiative

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has launched its new program, the Aurora Community, to actively support the program members by connecting them with each other in accordance with their area of intervention, encouraging them to exchange their knowledge, and promoting...

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Dr. Tom Delivers Keynote for WISH Summit

Dr. Tom Delivers Keynote for WISH Summit

Dr. Tom Catena delivered the keynote address to the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), on November 15. The theme of this year's Summit was ''One World Our Health''. To quote the WISH promotion of the event: ''Dr. Tom,' as he is affectionately known to his...

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The Catena Family Expands!

The Catena Family Expands!

We could not be more delighted to share some recent photos from Dr. Tom of his and Nasima's new family member! This year the adoption of their son, Francis Gene, was finalized, bringing a much-earned source of love and joy into the Catena tukal (household). There is...

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An Update from Dr. Tom

An Update from Dr. Tom

The situation here in Nuba has been pretty stable for the past year. The Transitional government in Khartoum and the SPLA-N rebels have met recently for peace talks but were unable to reach any conclusions. The SPLA-N is demanding that Sudan have a secular (not...

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Sudanese rebels and government enter final phase of talks

Sudanese rebels and government enter final phase of talks

The Sudanese government and a coalition of rebel groups on Thursday entered into a final phase of peace talks, which will centre on the creation of a unified Sudanese army. Mediators described the discussions as the "most important" component of the Sudan peace...

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Reflections on an Earlier Interview

Reflections on an Earlier Interview

On March 27, 2018, Ishay Sesay of CNNi did a riveting 20 minute segment wtih Kenneth A. Carlson and Dr. Tom Catena about The Heart of Nuba. Carlson and Catena both talk about their aspirations for the Nuba people, which included al-Bashir being brought to...

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News from Sudan:

Sudanese rebels and government enter final phase of talks

Sudanese rebels and government enter final phase of talks

The Sudanese government and a coalition of rebel groups on Thursday entered into a final phase of peace talks, which will centre on the creation of a unified Sudanese army. Mediators described the discussions as the "most important" component of the Sudan peace...

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The Kind of Day We Have All Been Waiting For

The Kind of Day We Have All Been Waiting For

Ryan Boyette has dedicated his life to reporting on and providing assistance to the people of the Nuba mountains. He recently shared an event on his Facebook page that marked a moment in history for the people of Nuba: "A historic day in #Sudan . This...

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Al-Bashir May Be Extradited to International Criminal Court

Al-Bashir May Be Extradited to International Criminal Court

If you have been following the news on Sudan, you may know of an exciting recent development -- a member of Sudan's ruling council stated recently that the council had reached an agreement “to hand over those facing arrest from the International Criminal...

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