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.