Kaolin is a type of clay mineral deposit found in a large belt through the state of Georgia. For some residents, it is part of their diet.
Louisiana Tech professor Adam Forrester's short film, Eat White Dirt, tells the story of kaolin. From how it is mined, to how it is sold commercially and become an edible option. The documentary was birthed from Forrester's own experience growing up in Georgia.
"I came upon this selling newspapers. There were these bags of white dirt on the counter in a convenience store. I asked what they were for and was told people eat it," said Forrester. His curiosity led to a four-year project developing the film.
The short has won prestigious awards since its release in May. It won best documentary short at the Land Lock Film Festival and at the Rome International Film Festival in Rome, Georgia.
A screening is at the Dixie Center For The Arts this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The showing is free and open to the public.