Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist and an advocate. He was born in Venezuela. He founded the Oslo Freedom Forum which has been praised for its efforts towards human rights. Halvorssen also founded the Human Rights Foundation in 2005. The headquarters of the foundation is in New York City. Its international council includes Harry Wu, Mart Laar, Ellie Wiesel, chess Grandmaster, and Garry Kasparov. Halvorssen has advocated for the release of Liu Xiaobo who is a political prisoner in China. Halvorssen has been a harsh critic of various dictatorship regimes around the world. He has conducted advocacy campaigns against Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Panama’s Ricardo Martinelli, and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.
Halvorssen is also a film producer, and he has been involved in the production of several films over the years. He co-produced a film about the uprising that occurred in 1956 against dictatorship in Hungary known as “Freedom’s Fury.” The executive producers of the film included famous actor Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino, and Andrew Vajna. Halvorssen was the executive producer of “Hammer & Tickle,” a film on how humor was used to spread truth in the Soviet Union. Notable personalities that appeared in the film included Ronald Reagan, Roy Medvedev, and Mikhail Gorbachev. The film won the Best New Documentary Film award at the film festival in Zurich. He was a producer of “Indoctrinate.” This is a documentary that touched on the conservative bias that exists in colleges in the United States. The documentary received positive reviews from various outlets such as the New York Times, CNN, and the Wall Street Journal.
Halvorssen was listed as a producer of “The Singing Revolution.” This is a film on the peaceful struggle of Estonia for independence from the Soviet Union. The movie is the most successful documentary in Estonia’s box-office history. It received a lengthy standing ovation at its premiere. Halvorssen was the sole producer of 2081. It is a film adaption of “Harrison Bergeron” which is a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. The film featured various Hollywood stars such as Armie Hammer, Patricia Clarkson, and Julie Hagerty. Halvorssen is producing the film adaptation of “The Moon a Harsh Mistress” which is a science fiction book by Robert Heinlein.