Aly Nicklas | 2017 | 16 min.
2018 Official Selection
Follow a recently widowed grandmother leading three generations of family into Wyoming’s Wind River Mountain backcountry in Wild Inheritance, the second episode of Born Wild. The Vermilye-Phillips clan has been coming here for nearly half a century to fly fish, backcountry ski, rock climb, remember old stories, and create new ones. This trip, equal parts reunion and memorial for the family patriarch that first brought them to these mountains, carries the added weight of ashes. Through the imperceptible tutelage of time and wilderness, with his grandfather as invisible guide, our 12-year old narrator, Walid, discovers the true reason his family will always return to this granite temple.