Tracing Lillian is a journey to uncover the mystery of Lillian Alling, a Polish immigrant who disappeared while walking solo from New York to Siberia in the 1920s. Homesick and disillusioned with her life in New York, Lillian sets out to travel 10,000 kilometres, largely by wilderness trail, and by water. Sleeping out in the open at night and carrying only a small backpack and lead pipe for protection, Lillian was a remarkable woman whose story has long been forgotten.
Through the filmmaker’s narration of a modern-day hike along the Yukon Telegraph Trail, Tracing Lillian searches for remnants of Lillian’s journey. This short documentary uses animated sequences, archival footage and the filmmaker’s present-day footage of the Telegraph Trail.