Thor Halvorssen is widely known the world over as one of the most prolific, energetic, passionate and outspoken human rights activists currently living. He was born to Venezuelan parents who suffered greatly under the repressive socialist regime of Hugo Chavez and developed a great political sensitivity and philosophical aptitude at a very young age from these unpleasant and life changing experiences. In 2004 Thor Halvorssen created the Human Rights Foundation, a large-scale nonprofit dedicated to championing the rights of members of closed societies (such as North Korea, ect.) the world over. Mr. Halvorssen, in a public statement described the group as one which would, “-champion the definition of human rights that originally animated the human rights movement, centered on the twin concepts of freedom of self-determination and freedom from tyranny.”
Halvorssen’s organization has been instrumental in bringing light to numerous acts of repression and tyranny, such as the religious persecution of the Buddhists in Vietnam as well as in giving a voice and a platform to those how have escape from the hermit kingdom of Juche North Korea.
However, what most people do not known about Thor Halvorssen is that he also has a long and star-studded career as an executive film producer, focusing primarily on documentaries. Starting in the early 2000s, Halvorssen began producing documentaries such as the 2006 Hammer & Tickler, a feature length film which looked at how humor was used as a tool of political dissent by the repressed majority under the Soviet’s reign. In 2007 Thor received a great deal of attention, both positive and negative, for the controversial film, Indoctrinate U. The film focused on the way certain political ideologies were disseminated through the American public education system and the problems that arose, such as gender studies and critical race theory being forced into STEM and other unrelated fields(in one instance in the film a professor complains that one of his colleges was forced to teach race and gender specific topics in a ornamental horticulture class).
Currently, Mr. Halvorssen is partnering with the well-known Hollywood director, Bryan Singer (of X-Men 2 and The Usual Suspects fame) in a effort to finish a adaptation of the lauded science fiction novel, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by R. A. Heinlein, the so called, “Dean of Science Fiction Writers.”