Shedding Lights to the Film and Political Involvement of Thor Halvorssen

Posted in Human Rights Activism, Human Rights Foundation on Jan 21, 2017

Thor Halvorssen is known to many as a human rights activist who has attained remarkable milestones in championing the rights of the oppressed. He is also popularly known as the founder of the Human Rights Foundation.

Thor Halvorssen comes from a family that boasts of an accomplished background. His mother, Hilda Mendoza is related to Cristobal Mendoza, who was Venezuela’s first president. On his father’s side, Thor is the grandson of Oystein Halvorssen, who is well-renowned as the Norwegian king’s consul who established a family dynasty in Venezuela as the representative for corporations.

Political Involvement

Thor Halvorssen’s political involvement started during the divided politics experienced in his native nation, Venezuela. As a matter of fact, the defining moment for Halvorssen was in 1993 after the imprisonment of his father. During this period, Halvorssen mounted a strong campaign aimed at securing the release of his father. The campaign drew the support of various organizations such as Amnesty International.

Halvorssen has found himself at odds with the Venezuelan government again due to the shooting of his mother. His mother was shot and wounded while attending a peaceful protest of the recall referendum of 2004. Aside from being a constant critic of the Venezuelan government, he has also criticized other leaders like the president of Uganda, particularly the legislative endeavors to punish gay individuals in Uganda through a death penalty.

Film Production

Aside from being highly involved in human rights activism, Halvorssen is fascinated by film production. He has proven to be quite talented in this area through the production of various films. He has co-produced Freedom’s Fury together with other top executive producers including Lucy Liu and Andrew Vajna. He is also listed as one of the producers of Indoctrinate U. Some of the other films associated with Halvorssen include The Sugar Babies, The Singing Revolution and Hammer & Tickle.

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