Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan filmmaker. He is also a revered human rights activist. Halvorssen has significantly contributed to the fields of pro-democracy advocacy, public interest advocacy, civil liberties, and public policy. He serves as the president of the Human Rights Foundation. This organization is committed to advocating for human rights and liberties across the world.
Additionally, Halvorssen is the patron of Children’s Peace Movement that is based in the Czech Republic, and On Own Feet. He is the Moving Picture Institute’s founder. Halvorssen is also the founder of Oslo Freedom Foundation. The entity organizes yearly gatherings of human rights activists and foundations. The Economist has described the event as a spectacular human rights festival.
Halvorssen was born to an influential family in Venezuela. He is a relative of the country‘s first president, Christobal Mendoza. His father, Thor Halvorssen Hellum worked as Venezuela’s ambassador for anti-narcotic affairs under Carlos Andres Perez’s administration. He also served as a Venezuelan Senate Commission’s special overseas investigator.
Thor is a graduate of concurrent degrees in political science and history from the University of Pennsylvania. Halvorssen graduated Phi Beta Kappa as well as magna cum laude. He has authored many publications in leading newspapers and magazines such as Time Magazine, National Journal, and The Nation. He has also written articles for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
In addition, Halvorssen has featured in different television channels, including BBC News, the O’Reilly Factor on Fox News, Al-Jazeera, MSNBC, HBO, and CNN. The New York Times is one of the many institutions that have recognized his work. He has also appeared as a speaker at the University of Pennsylvania and TEDx.
When it comes to civil liberties, human rights, and democracy advocacy, Halvorssen focuses on issues regarding human trafficking, dictatorship, threats to democracy, and slavery. Over the years, he has broadly delivered speeches on the human right issue. He has given lectures at the United Nations Association in New York, Harvard Law School, the American Enterprise Institute, and the New York City Junto. Thor has also addressed the British Parliament.
Presently, Halvorssen is involved in the production of a film called The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. He is the co-producer of Freedom’s Fury. Thor was the executive producer of Hammer & Tickle, which is a film about humor and ridicule. It shows the disconnect between reality and propaganda. Halvorssen’s film was awarded the Best New Documentary Film during the Zurich Film Festival.