ArteFact

A Spotlight on Culture

Through reviews and longer articles, ArteFact keeps a finger on the pulse of how our culture is reflecting on itself.

Review Film

Enlivening the Dialogue

Paul, Apostle of Christ, 2018. Directed by Andrew Hyatt.

Article Fiction

The Face of Human Dignity in the Novels of Fiorella de Maria

The fiction of British-Maltese writer Fiorella De Maria depicts women in fierce struggle with the forces which undermine human dignity: yet they illustrate that God is not in the storm. He is in the silence, where we can hear Him, and furthermore, hear ourselves think. Above all, He is the safe harbor from which we are launched into a great, though sometimes painful adventure.

Review Film

Fly Home

Lady Bird, 2018. Directed by Greta Gerwig.

Review Film

Homage to a Simpler Life

Lighthouse of the Orcas (Lo Faro de las Orcas), 2017. Directed by Gerardo Olivares. 

Review Fiction

An Unusual War Story

Clare Kipps, Sold for a Farthing (Frederick Muller, 1953).

Review Film

Dunkirk: A Missed Calling

Dunkirk, 2017. Directed by Christopher Nolan.

Review Film

The Eyes of Mercy

Wonder Woman, 2017. Directed by Patty Jenkins.

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Mourning the Death of God

Logan, 2017. Directed by James Mangold

Article Fiction

Reminiscence in the Work of Kazuo Ishiguro

Looking back is a notoriously tricky business. Memories can entrap us, or themselves become distorted in our attempts to curate the past. In many ways, Kazuo Ishiguro's oeuvre is a study of human memory--falsified, true and otherwise. Writer Michalina Ratajczak traces the theme as it is woven into three of his novels, including his most recent, The Buried Giant.

Review Fiction

Truth and Terroir in Shūsaku Endō's Silence

In his acclaimed novel Silence, Shūsaku Endō questions the viability of the tree of Hellenized Christianity taking root in the “mud swamp” of Japan. What was once hospitable, fertile ground for the seed planted by St. Francis Xavier, becomes the land of a hunted and persecuted Christianity, as depicted in the story of two missionary priests and the community in their care.