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:

Newsweek: Why an American Doctor Remained in War-Torn Sudan

Newsweek: Why an American Doctor Remained in War-Torn Sudan

Should happiness be the focus of one's life, or something deeper? Tom Catena, a doctor for 14 years in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan — a desolate, rebel-held area that was bombed repeatedly from 2011 until 2018 by the Khartoum government when Omar al-Bashir was...

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A Chance to Give Back, by Tom Catena

A Chance to Give Back, by Tom Catena

This coming March, we, at the Mother of Mercy Hospital, will celebrate our fourteenth year of operation. We are located in rebel-held territory in the remote region of the Nuba Mountains in the southern part of the Sudan. Even though there is currently a ceasefire...

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Dr. Tom on Events in Sudan

Dr. Tom on Events in Sudan

Dr. Tom Catena emailed Kennth Carlson (Director of The Heart of Nuba) today and spoke briefly about the current events, and coup, in Sudan. As usual, he is walking with a steadfast vision forward, to the job at hand, taking changes in stride as he continues to focus...

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Aurora Prize Awards Presentation

Aurora Prize Awards Presentation

The $1.1 million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity honors unsung heroes working to preserve human life at great personal risk. Dr. Tom Catena was the 2017 Aurora Prize laureate.  In 2018, in addition to his ongoing responsibilities as Medical Director of the...

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Video Update from Dr. Tom

Video Update from Dr. Tom

Dr. Tom sent us a short video update from his phone, with some warm words for The Heart of Nuba and the network that has gathered around the film and provided invaluable support for the hospital. Enjoy. 

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News from Sudan:

Dr. Tom on Events in Sudan

Dr. Tom on Events in Sudan

Dr. Tom Catena emailed Kennth Carlson (Director of The Heart of Nuba) today and spoke briefly about the current events, and coup, in Sudan. As usual, he is walking with a steadfast vision forward, to the job at hand, taking changes in stride as he continues to focus...

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Omar Al-Bashir: The Warrants

Omar Al-Bashir: The Warrants

From the International Criminal Court, the original warrants issued for the arrest of Omar Al-Bashir, issued while al-Bashir was President of Sudan:  See document Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir Suspected of five counts of crimes against humanity, two counts of war,...

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