If you want to learn about people eating rock-like minerals, make sure to catch the short film, Eat White Dirt at the Thin Line Film Fest. It is a new eyebrow-raising concept I had never heard of: eating a mineral called kaolin. It shows many people of the south who enjoy consuming this white dirt.

From watching this film you learn about why people eat it, and why the cravings start. I found it interesting learning about the historical and cultural influences of kaolin. Also, you get a scoop of what its benefits and consequences are. Many people become addicted to white dirt, which can lead down a dangerous path. Being a chocolate lover, I can relate to the feeling: to crave something so badly, and still eat it no matter what the consequences. In my case the consequence is sugar, but I can’t be stopped, and neither can the kaolin lovers.

eat white dirtThe film has a quirky, easygoing feel to it, keeping the viewer entertained and curious. It involves many experts ranging from medical to artistic, who share their knowledge and research of white dirt. This is where those arising questions of how good or bad it can be for you are answered.

I find it completely shocking how people have been eating kaolin for more than 2,000 years. Not only that, but the copious was people choose to eat it, and where they got it from. I enjoyed the visuals that compliment the explanation of white dirt’s background, along with its chemical makeup. It was especially interesting to see the different places white dirt is sold. It almost makes me want to try it to see what the sensation of eating it that many rave about.

Most people crave it for the experience of eating it rather than how it tastes. Nevertheless, people find themselves drawn to eating it. In fact, most pregnant women crave it, and you think pickles and ice cream is an odd desire!

I didn’t know anything about white dirt, and was surprised by how many people eat it, especially in the United States. Even though its nutritional values are debated, many such as Tammy Wright shrug it off and say, “we all love stuff that’s not good for us.” Very true, Mrs. Wright.

Eat White Dirt runs 37 minutes and will be shown Sunday, February 21 at noon as part of Thin Line Film Festival. To purchase tickets at the online box office, click here.