Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, April 6:
THE HEART OF NUBA
Hot Springs Doc 2016
Human Rights Watch, Hollywood, Shanghai, Golden Apricot, Heartland
A single Western doctor tries to care for the residents of the wartorn Nuba Mountains of Sudan.
Dr Tom Catena practices medicine in the Catholic Mother of Mercy Hospital, located in the middle of a warzone largely ignored by the rest of the world. Despite being condemned for war crimes in 2009, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has subjected the people of the Nuba Mountains region in the southern region of the country to regular bombardment. With the area marked as off-limits to outside aid, only Dr Catena remains to treat the victims of what has been called a genocide in progress. Carlson’s thoughtful if overly conventional film profiles Catena, nearing but not quite entering hagiographic white savior territory, as the compelling physician tends to his patients and tries to train the local people to help themselves.