Through Craigslist, an internationally active internet network, Samira Elagoz arranges one-on-one meetings with a wide variety of men in three different cities. The set up is simple - she brings a camera, and films how they get to know each other. Every encounter is real and unscripted.
Craigslist is a digital grab bag. Anyone is allowed to post anything there: from house sales ads to job applications. And of course there are all sorts of variations on the “man seeks woman” theme. Samira Elagoz used Craigslist to meet a veritable cavalcade of men, including a magician, an exhibitionist, sadist video artist and a soft-core porn director. She films her first encounters in a candid and transparent cinema vérité style that has been updated for the YouTube generation. She describes herself as a behavioral researcher, but is by no means an objective and dispassionate observer. In reality, she is enticing and risk-taking. Sometimes a relationship develops, but the more frequent outcome is a slightly fearful situation with violence simmering under the surface. It makes little difference in which part of the world her subjects are living – they are all lonely in some way, shape or form.