The Film Work of Thor Halvorssen Expresses His Interests in Human Rights

Thor Halvorssen is one of the most famous human rights activists in the world for his work with the Human Rights Foundation and the Oslo Freedom Forum along with his many different appearances on various news media; Thor is also a well known film producer with a growing reputation in the industry based on his work on both fiction and non-fiction projects that often reflect his own interests in human rights and various forms of activism. Halvorssen has never limited himself to creating a career solely in the human rights community or in the film industry, instead looking to combine his interests in a way that will be important to people all over the globe.

Film has always been a prominent interest of Thor Halvorssen as he feels he should take part in the world around him in a way that both entertains and educates. Beginning his career in documentary productions has given Thor the chance to look back at many entertaining human rights events taking place in the 20th century to bring these important events to the people of the world. Halvorssen worked as the producer of “The Singing Revolution”, a film telling the story of the Estonian uprising against Communist rule that has become one of the world’s most successful documentary films. As the founder of the Moving Picture Institute, Thor also hopes to inspire those affected by human rights issues to create films based on their experiences or research that would not normally receive a high level of funding from traditional sources.

Politics obviously plays a role in the life of Thor Halvorssen, but the son of a famous Venezuelan diplomat has always stated he has little to no interest in being a part of the political fabric of his home country of Venezuela or any other country in the world. Despite his lack of interest in politics aside from their relationship to human rights, Thor Halvorssen has brought together many sitting and former politicians from around the world to interact with those affected by human rights issues at the Oslo Freedom Forum.

How Thor Halvorssen Stands Up For Freedom

The Personal Reasons He Fights For This Cause

Thor Halvorssen is a strong believer in freedom and open societies. He uses his influence to do everything he can in order to promote a world where people can determine their own position in life without the boundaries often forced on them by birth in many authoritarian countries in the world. Going about promoting open societies isn’t an easy thing to do. He faces many risk for his work such as arrest and even death if the wrong dictator is offended.

The Human Rights Foundation

Much of his work revolves around the Human Rights Foundation. As the president and founder of the Human Rights Foundation he is one of the most well known and prominent activists in the world. This naturally means his positions on many important matters receives attention. He uses this to bring attention to important causes he feels are left out of the media. For example, recently the Venezuelan government arrest 6 citizens for speaking out against their government. The Human Rights Foundation is making their cases known around the world in order to bring about the action needed to end their incarceration.

Standing Up For Free Speech

Within America Halvorssen continues his fight by standing up for free speech on college campuses. Far too many colleges stifle political discussion and encourage students to maintain a specific worldview. Thor Halvorssen stands firmly against this and wants to do everything he can in order to make sure that students receive a fair and balanced understanding of the world. He focuses his efforts on exposing campus bias through documentaries such as Indoctrinate U. In that film he investigates bias on college campuses and tries to figure out exactly why so many students are coming out with a specific worldview.