Donate to the Mother of Mercy Hospital
Now you can directly support Dr. Tom Catena’s life-saving work in the Nuba mountains. Every dollar donated to Dr. Tom’s Mother of Mercy Hospital through the Take Heart Foundation goes to Dr. Tom and the Mother of Mercy hospital to buy supplies, including vaccines and syringes, to support the local school and, most importantly, to continue to train the Nuba staff and prepare surgeons to one day operate their hospital independently. You can also expand your influence even further and become a fund raiser for Dr. Tom.
The Heart of Nuba opened in New York on April 6 with fantastic press, 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, positive reviews in the New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, and much more. The film opened in Los Angeles April 20 to sold out shows and an extended run. Other cities are following.  Follow our openings here as more are added, and watch for your city! 

“…a MOVING and REMARKABLE story.”
New York Times

“As INSPIRING as it gets.”
The Hollywood Reporter

Isha Sesay, CNN

“An EXCELLENT documentary…nothing less than pure inspiration.” Lavanya, Red Carpet Crash

“AMAZING! An inspiring look at a great man.”
Jeffrey Lyons, Lyons Den Radio

“An UPLIFTING film.”
Roger Moore, McClatchey News Tribune


Official Trailer: Heart of Nuba


The Heart of Nuba on CNNi. Watch a stirring segment with Dr. Tom Catena, producer/director Kenneth A. Carlson, the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, and others.
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ABC News/Nightline: WHAT IT’S LIKE BEING THE ONLY DOCTOR IN WAR-TORN SUDAN’S NUBA MOUNTAINS. A moving and inspiring piece on ABC News/Nightline about Dr. Tom and The Heart of Nuba. Read and watch the segment HERE.


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The prestigious Aurora Prize honors Dr. Tom Catena “for rekindling faith in humanity”.


Roger’s Movie Nation

  "Not every deserving person can win the Nobel Peace Prize. "There are other, lesser forms of “laureate,” for instance the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity. "But even had Dr. Tom Catena not won that, it seems the least society can do to...

Boston Globe: Dealing with life and death in southern Sudan

The conflict and atrocities in Sudan’s Darfur region seized the world’s attention about 10 years ago, but since then other wars have taken its place. Nonetheless, the bloodshed continues as the Sudanese Omar al-Bashir has attacked the people of...

Lyon’s Den Review

The Lyons Den Radio show on 91.5 FM radio in Las Vegas, Nevada, aired a review of The Heart of Nuba for its listeners. To hear click on the audio file below: THE HEART OF...

Cheddar Interview with Director Kenneth A. Carlson

Cheddar is a "live and on demand video news network focused on covering the most innovative products, technologies, and services transforming our lives".  Broadcast daily from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, with exclusive CEO and...

NCAA: Ken Carlson–Goals, gumption and grit

Playing football at Brown taught filmmaker how to lead For Ken Carlson, the journey to an award-winning career making films began on the gridiron playing defense in high school. Carlson grew up a small town in north central Ohio. The son of a minister father and a...

Boston Globe: Dealing with life and death in southern Sudan

The conflict and atrocities in Sudan’s Darfur region seized the world’s attention about 10 years ago, but since then other wars have taken its place. Nonetheless, the bloodshed continues as the Sudanese Omar al-Bashir has attacked the people of the disputed Nuba...



Deadly Protests Grip Sudan Over Bread Price Hikes

Protests over rising bread prices broke out across Sudan on Sunday, leading to the death of a student and the arrest of a prominent opposition leader as authorities confiscated newspapers and looked to clamp down on growing unrest. The demonstrations...

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LA Premiere of The Heart of Nuba

A fantastic premiere in Los Angeles last night, to a sold out crowd. Q and A moderated by The Africa Channel's Nzinga Blake, with The Heart of Nuba director Kenneth A. Carlson, and Cecil Blake, former Cabinet Minister of Information and Broadcasting for...

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The March 26 NY Premiere

On March 26 one of The Heart of Nuba's strongest partners, the Catholic Medical Mission Board, hosted an exclusive premiere of The Heart of Nuba in New York, at the Village East Cinema. On March 26 the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) hosted the...

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Theatrical release announced

We are pleased to announced that The Heart of Nuba is being released theatrically on April 6, 2018. It will be released in New York with more to follow. Check back on web site for information or join our mailing list to stay updated.

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ICN Film Feature: The Heart of Nuba

 At six o'clock each morning an American doctor makes his way through the dark to a simple chapel where he spends half an hour, rosary in hand, enlisting God's support for the day ahead. He is Dr Tom Catena, and he is the only surgeon in the only hospital serving a...

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Dr. Tom is a finalist for the Aurora Prize

CARING FOR THOUSANDS IN A FORGOTTEN WAR As the sole doctor permanently based in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, home to 750,000 people, Dr. Tom Catena has worked around the clock to care for the citizens of this war-torn area. Amid ongoing civil war between the...

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Dr. Tom named Maria Shriver’s Architect of Change

Dr. Tom was chosen by Maria Shriver as this week's Architect of Change, which profiles leaders who inspire others to make a difference. In the interview, Dr. Tom speaks about the experience of living through constant bombings. "Our lives were unimportant and the...

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Brown Alumni Magazine: A Life In War

A Life In War By Beena Sarwar '86 Filmmaker Ken Carlson ’86, who has produced such television shows as America’s Most Wanted and Lost, stepped into a different world with a documentary about his classmate Tom Catena ’86, a doctor based at a remote hospital in war-torn...

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Video: The Choice is Yours

To see Dr. Tom Catena, many of his patients travel for days on foot, in carts, or often cradled in their mother’s arms. Welcome to the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where the government attacks defenseless men, women, and children with supersonic bombers, and it doesn’t...

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