It’s a bummer when someone steals your phone. I’ve experienced it a couple of times and the police weren’t able to do anything. But if the thieves had posted a selfie to my Instagram account, it would have been so much easier to find them. “Why would anyone do that?” you may wonder. Well, one thief did exactly this. He stole an iPhone and he was dumb enough to post a selfie to the victim’s Instagram account.
One day, while a film student Anthony van der Meer had lunch in Amsterdam, his iPhone was stolen. By the time he realized it and went to the police, it was already too late. Anthony was not that stressed about the fact that he’d lost an expensive phone. What made him particularly uneasy was the fact that a stranger had access to all his photos, videos, messages, emails and contacts. And it made him wonder – what kind of person would steal a phone? And where do these phones end up? These questions led to an idea. He decided to discover it himself and make a short movie about it. The result is stunning, but the method is ethically questionable to say the least.