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:

Cliff Hayes
Very cool. Thank you for making this film.
Ben Forshaw
I would be straight on the phone to the security services, here we have a gentleman of arabic origin who uses stolen phones to communicate, travels round European cities to random addresses, is 'apparently homeless' and using homeless facilities but can afford to drive around and constantly add credit to his phone...odd behaviour!
howdy dude
And the retarded mentality that this film maker has, is the reason why Europe is collapsing.
Mity Official
will there be a part 2?
Isaac Rockett
What software was he using?
Awesome project!!
Christopher Taylor
I know it's probably been years since you made this, but honestly this is fantastic. @"Anthony Van der Meer", thank you so much! This is incredible!
He took his religion seriously? Why the hell would he steal and take drugs then? Those are grievous sins you know.
Cosby Shmoony
Have you seen the film "The Lives of Others"?
This was great, keep up the good work!
Zalaegerszeg ザラエゲルセ
What's sad is that the man reminds me of me, I'm alot like him, lonely , desperate, very religious. I don't steal though,
Mehdi Kabouri
16:25, it's not "Do they have feelings for you?", he is his Moroccan friend, maybe the lawyer in the messages, and he says, "You fuck them all" in the sexual manner he means.
Well made documentary, and cool story
Gaby Brereton
Why didn't you remove personal information, including the thief's address, and the phone numbers he dialed such as the Egyptian one you show in full? Totally unethical, you will not make it as a journalist with that attitude.
That after-credit scene...
maximus gigantus
How do you know he was the guy who stole it? It was offline for a few days, maybe he bought it from a dealer.
This was Interesting.
Amz 183
Incredible film! Bravo!
more helpful than uk police who don't care and don't even accept my report to them
Nic nonymous
17:29 for a look at how retarded this religion is and the people that follow it are. Just as dumb as anyother religion really.
HI, really enjoyed this Short. Hope for further follow ups. As to the fact you started to feel sorry for him, well it shows your compassion (even if it turned out wrong - that's on him not you), it's almost like a reverse "Stockholm Syndrome" kind of thing. It will be interesting to see where else this phone travels to and who's hands it ends up in. Great work.
So you saw all of the evidence that he wasn't a good person but it wasn't until you saw the cover of the book that you felt it was okay to pass judgement? Seems odd. like maybe you've fabricated that bit for dramatic purposes. But what do I know? I haven't seen you in person.
Sand Man
You're a pussy. End of story.
Matthew Tolentino
I am both impressed and creeped out. Fantastic stalking there.
ChampagneSantos VIDS
my s7 edge was also robbed, they took it out from my pocket while i was distracted
Abisai David Pachano
Excelente investigación. Por favor has una segunda parte. Saludos desde Venezuela. Se habla español.
Such a fantastic idea.
Excellent film, if you'd live here in south america you don't would suffer to get your cell phone stolen hahah
Jorge P H
Buen trabajo.....
Alan posligua
second part please!!
Владислав Бондур
Why you decided that this man stole your phone? He was able to buy it from thief...
Geen idee hoe ik deze odnertitels uitzet. En Vimeo heeft bij mij nooit gewerkt :/
No Brasil esse filme ia ser bem mais curto e bem diferente! Parabéns pelo trabalho, muito bom seu filme!
Ali Bubba
Incredible. I was enthralled, this video was riveting! the only problem I have is that you did not have him reported.
Eddy Stronger
I would send him to a prison and make sure he was deported from the moment I got to saw his face.
Oodam Wylde
Fantastic film. This is what real filmmaking is. I throughly enjoyed this and as someone who wants to pursue film, this inspires me a ton. Thank you so much for making this!
quando sai o proximo capitulo ? haha
Bruno Lima
A quantidade de celulares que são roubados em toda holanda é infinitamente menor do que o que roubam aqui no bairro kkkkk Brasil é foda kk
Evandro Araújo
MDSA - MotionDesignSportArt
Excelent work, well done Anthony!
miguel coelho
i need a part 2
Wanna make someone steal you fast? Come to brazil. I bet you can't keep your phone around for 5 minutes if you make it easy to steal :P
Luiz Fernando Souza Jr.
meus parabéns pelo vídeo. e muito intrigante e com ar de suspense. daria um ótimo longa metragem. 👏👏
Why did you blur the thief's face? Why not show the world his fucking face?
Kazuma Kuwabara
Que matéria incrível!
André Lopes
muito bom esse filme, parabéns pelo trabalho!
Arthur Melgaço
Have you tried sending a "enabledata" command?
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