It can be agreed amongst us all that the world is facing greater strife than ever within our lifetimes. Famines, war, poverty, social inequality and injustice, police violence, and racism devastate the world at a nearly daily rate. And as bombs are dropped on the heads of individuals on one side of the world, others sit comfortably on the complete other side of the globe. Despite the amount of strife and the real actions we as a society can engage in to prevent more damage from claiming even more lives, very few people actively do their best to put an end to all the hurt felt across the globe. It is usually left to big hearted and kind minded philanthropist to pick up the slack left by others who are either unwilling or unable to give back to the world they have taken so much from.
Luckily for all those who suffer injustices across the globe there exist individuals like Thor Halvorssen who put helping others and giving back to society above all other exploits. It is by their hard work organizing events to bring together the greatest minds focused upon finding solutions to the problems, their dedication to raising awareness by producing and creating hard hitting films aimed at shedding light to worlds otherwise unseen by most individuals, and most importantly enough their constant philanthropic deeds and words that the world slowly inches towards becoming a better place.
Thor Halvorssen has taken the lead in making the world a better place both by his work with the Human Rights Foundation, a non-profit organization created with the purpose of preserving and defending the rights of humans across the world, and his gathering of forward thinkers. Few have made the progress of the world such a paramount struggle within their life as Thor HAlvorssen has, though few have lived the life he has had, as he is no stranger to strife and struggle himself.The impact of losing a family member due to human rights abuse left not a permanent mark upon his life but also drives his purpose to end the suffering of others. For the world’s sake, let’s hope he succeeds.
Thor Halvorssen is in many regards considered to be a real fighter for oppressed considering his human rights activism and the sections he represents. While being an activist, he is also a renowned filmmaker with a number of critically acclaimed films discussing various social inequalities in his credit. Thor started his human rights activism from his college days when his father was allegedly arrested by the political conspirators back in his home country Venezuela. Finally, his father acquitted from all the cases and set free, however, Thor understood that there are many innocents like his father are tortured by political conspirators and decided to continue the fight for them.
Thor focuses his attention on human trafficking, dictatorships, threats to democracy, and passive slavery. He spoke of the need for human rights in many international stages. In 1999, Thor led a campaign to Lucent Technologies shareholders meeting to implement an anti-slave labor policy in the Chinese plants of the firm. He was the first director and CEO of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a non-profit organization created to protect the civil rights in American colleges and universities. In 2004, Thor initiated the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) to champion the human rights and to work along with other similar movements by focusing freedom from tyranny and freedom of self-determination. He actively lobbied and campaigned for the release of Chinese political prisoner and Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. In 2009, he founded Oslo Freedom Forum, a gathering for human rights campaigners. The same year, he was selected as the “Patron” for Children’s Peace Movement.
While coming to his film career, Thor started his career as the executive producer of Hammer & Tickle, a documentary film displaying the Soviet tyranny and ridiculing its real facts using satirical language. Since then, Thor Halvorssen has produced nine more which are mostly documentary kind of films that are targeting the social evils and praising free speech, human rights, freedom, democracy, equality, etc. Hammer & Tickle won the Best New Documentary Film award at Zurich Film Festival. His Indoctrinate U of 2007, discussed subjects like equality and fairness, political correctness, ideological conformism, and diversity in American campuses.