The Heart of Nuba (2018)



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The only surgeon within 200 miles, 'Dr. Tom' and a small Sudanese staff treat as many as 400 patients a day at Mother of Mercy Hospital, located in the heart of the Nuba Mountains. The region is the latest target of aerial bombardment by the Sudanese government, ordered by Omar al-Bashir, a dictator wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Living under the constant shadow of bombers overhead, Dr. Tom and his staff defy Bashir's ban on humanitarian aid, work tirelessly to save the lives of the Nuba people, and bring hope to one million people who would be otherwise forgotten.

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Absorbingly, unfussily captures Catena's daily challenges and feats while also painting a vivid, often heartbreaking portrait of a forgotten people trapped in an underreported sociopolitical nightmare.

Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The Heart of Nuba delivers a moving but thankfully not overly sentimental portrait of this admirable figure.

Apr 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The film is worth seeing because it's a moving and remarkable story and it represents a great cause.

Apr 5, 2018 | Full Review…

If Catena has flaws, filmmaker Kenneth Carlson declines to feature them, perhaps because they've been friends since their Brown University days thirty years ago. Still, the doctor has earned the adulation, and a visit to a leper colony shows why.

Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…

An inspiring and enlightening portrait of a Catholic doctor in Africa serving over a million people every year

Apr 23, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The Heart of Nuba is remarkable, to me, for Carlson's ability to show how a Catholic layman lives his faith in a world of conflict with almost no humanitarian aid and is able to support his team's efforts to help the sick, wounded and dying.

Apr 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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