Short Film: Find my Phone - Subtitled

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After my phone got stolen, I quickly realized just how much of my personal information and data the thief had instantly obtained. So, I let another phone get stolen. This time my phone was pre-programmed with spyware so I could keep tabs on the thief in order to get to know him. However, to what extent is it possible to truly get to know someone by going through the content of their phone?

In the Netherlands, 300 police reports a week are filed for smartphone-theft. Besides losing your expensive device, a stranger has access to all of your photos, videos, e-mails, messages and contacts.

Yet, what kind of person steals a phone? And where do stolen phones eventually end up?

The short documentary ‘Find My Phone’ follows a stolen phone’s second life by means of using spyware.

Although you’ll meet the person behind the theft up close and personal, the question remains: how well can you actually get to know someone when you base yourself on the information retrieved from their phone?

Do you want the full story behind the film? You can contact me in order to answer all of your questions by means of an interview (I’m proficient in Dutch and English), or to invite me to a film festival.

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Dutch version can be found here:
German dubbed version:

I couldn't help but chuckle at "He seems to take his religion seriously"
Fascinating idea and execution of it!
Dz Texto
This was a simple human act, able to record everything. Let alone the power of God and his angels who write everything we do. And we see it written on the Day of Resurrection.
«No! But you deny the Recompense. And indeed, [appointed] over you are keepers, Noble and recording; They know whatever you do.» The Holy Quran - (Surah 82: 9, 10, 11, 12)
« Or do they think that We hear not their secrets and their private conversations? Yes, [We do], and Our messengers are with them recording.» The Holy Quran - (Surah 43: 80)
To Oxic
all this for iphone 4 ? xD
Tobias Cornille
Sterke film!
Damian Maher
Amazing short film. I hope there's a part 2
Dave Mallpress
I eagerly await part 2
Dmitriy Lebedev
Video makes a solid point on Android vs iOS security.
aha great experience thx !!!
Hmmm yeah I wonder who it is who keeps breaking the law like that in Europe, I wonder if there's a group of people who do it more frequently, hmmm. It is a mystery. What's more of a mystery is whether or not the subsequent theoretical and substantial increases in crime would go away were they not in Europe to begin with. Hmm. We will never know.
Those damned Easter European Egyptians... :-D
Jay Deva
I've found a few iPhones that people left around restaurants , washrooms and classrooms. When I find one, I immediately dismantle it and separate the parts individually into air tight bags. then I sell them off to people looking for replacement parts and the money earned can be used to feed me for another week :D Life is wonderful when people become careless !
Chelsa Kwong
suddenly theres a creepy thought comes to my mind that what if your control freak parents or marriage partner buy a new phone and install these monitoring things in it then put it back into the box and give you as a present..........then they will know where u are, what u are doing and who you are seeing whenever they creepy.......

Therefore it is always important to buy your phone at store by yourself
Penny Layne
all phones should have this app
Max Limas
Интересная история!
Diego Lincon
Anthony, where can I get the soundtrack of this film? Specific the last one as of 19:02
It is amazing!
Polar Panda
when you are rooting for your phone to be stolen and no one steals it
Марьян Герман more features than Cerebrus
Jamees Cameron
whats the name of soundtrack? anyone?
Birdie Arnold
very interesting and even more unsetteling
martha galaxy
thief:ohhh imma steal this gorgeus iPhone
guy:wheres my phone?
guy sees man with his iPhone
guy: oh hell no you sint stealing ny iPhone you must be poor get a job or something
thief: freak.oh no im going to jail!!!!
thats if it happened
Михаил Лурье
what is the app and how to do it?
Jamaa L
he's fapping at 14:15 oh lord
Sergio Messina
in Italian language not?
Maksim Gerner
Music at the end? Please!
Josh Marchitelli
amazing man, well done!

First stolen phone, and ofc theif is gonna record porn on it for sure...
Russian slut gold digger on crack... why not vodka? Did she had Putin's T-Shirt with her?

Oh Youtube wonderful world, people seems to gonna believe every shit that is there posted
Amapacoan Gaia
Muy interesante el video.
Julian Silva
Anthony, you are a good man, but you are innocent too, a thief is a thief, a human being too, but a thief after all, you took long time to act and recover your phone
Jamees Cameron
whats the soundtrack at the end???? anybody?
Javier Tamara
Did it take 5 days to find a thief who steal the phone? In my city it would be a matter of 5 minutes :'(
Isa Acosta
Maravilloso documental!
Héctor Serrano
Daily many persons are killed by a cellphone and it´s not fair taht the thief walk freely by the streets, I think tath this a good example of how the technology could be useful to do justice .
hahaha for a long time no one stole the phone, here in Mexico it's not that difficult to be robbed
Piedad Loren Serrano
wooooo Anthony you are a genious. I want to know how to place it on my cell phone. Regards from Colombia :)
Alejandro B
You totally forgot to tell us how much porn or what kinda of wierd shit the thief used to watch BTW, that's hot
Fercho RP
jajaja ¿4 días esperando ser robado?, acá en Colombia no pasas ni una hora.
Well, you need to come to Colombia, to Bogotá to be specific. There is no way you can feel compassion for the mother fu@& bastards that steal the phones from people here, they kill, even in the cases you are given the phone without any resistence. I invite you to do the same exercise here. No because of need and lack of opportunity, it is simpler to steal and kill, than look for a job...
Edgar Ricardo Dominguez Sánchez
Is an inclement history of a simple cell phone theft, because it does not make the tracking program a global tool, here in my country they steal hundreds of cell phones daily and have ended lives for a cell phone.
Congratulations to you.
Paola Lizarazo
Good film dude, greetings from Colombia.
I've dropped my phone 3 times in 10 years riding my bike in Florida (USA), all instances I had my phone returned by the person who found it. I'm not implying I'm in a "safe heaven", I could get shot at any time by some nut who lost his mind, went out and legally bought a powerful weapon to take his frustrations on innocent people.
Silvia Vega
what!!! 4 days and nothing!!! OMG here in Colombia it would be in few minutes! :( i´m not proud of that but its a sad true
Carlos Del Rio
It is impressive and very good your research!!!!!
jaja lo Gracioso es que en Holanda les toque esforzarse tanto para lograr que te roben el Telefono celular jaja
David Useche
Great job Anthony Van der Meer.
Cristian Ruiz
In Colombia if you dropped out your phone in the street or ir a public place , your phone is quickly stolen :"v ,
Yamid Estupiñan
En Colombia te hubieran robado el celular en segundos y ese pc también xD
Ancar Performance
hi Friend , the HTC is ROOT? to access system?
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