Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist from Venezuela. He is also a film producer. Halvorssen has made significant contributions in the fields of political involvement. In addition, the Oslo Freedom Forum, which is a series of global conferences run by the New York based non profit Human Rights Foundation was founded by Thor Halvorssen. The organization, also known as OFF, is devoted to global human rights and freedom.
Notably, Halvorssen’s father was arrested while Thor Halvorssen was attending the University of Pennsylvania. Halvoressen worked with Amnesty International Human Rights Organization and ultimately had his father released after 74 days.
Thor Halvorssen had many production accomplishments in his career, including co-producing the film Freedom’s Fury. Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino, and Andrew Vajna executive produced the film. The impressive film tells the story of uprising against dictatorship that occurred in 1956 in Hungary.
Also executive produced by Thor Halvorssen is the film Hammer & Tickle, a film which tells the story of Soviet Tyranny. Winner of the Best New Documentary Film Award at the Zurich Film Festival, this film premiered in 2006 at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Halvorssen’s most prized dedication is ensuring that the annual Oslo Freedom Foundation is successful. The event draws approximately 450 people from 57 countries annually, many of whom have personal human rights violation stories to tell.
Another of Thor Halvorssen’s production accomplishments include the sole production of the film 2081, which is an adaptation of the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut. This is a dystopian film which portrays a tyrannical government, who arrests, imprisons without trial, and tortures those who disagree with government policy of enforced sterilization and enforced handicapping. The film premiered at the Seattle Film Festival, and featured actors including Julie Hagerty, Patricia Clarkson, James Cosmo, and Arnie Hammer.
During Thor Halvorssen’s career, he was presented with several impressive awards, notably the Sol Feinstone Award for protecting student speech, presented to him by the President University of Pennsylvania , click here more information.