There is a lot to admire in the life and work of Thor Halvorssen, a man who has spent much of his life fighting for what he believes are the basic human rights of the people of the world. As a well known film producer, Thor Halvorssen has worked on a number of productions that reflect his own interests in human rights and the issues the world faces at the hands of tyrants and dictators; working with well known Hollywood actors and production specialists has pushed Thor Halvorssen to a position in Hollywood where he has begun exploring a role creating big budget movies in both the documentary and fictional genres.
Despite the success Thor Halvorssen has already achieved as a film producer he has reserved his most impressive achievements for his role as a human rights activist. Thor himself does not wish to become involved in the political aspects of the human rights activism community who limit the majority of their work to the U.S. and democratic areas of Europe; Halvorssen has stated his pleasure in the way human rights are being protected in the activism community, but believes focusing his own role as a leader of international human rights activism on those stranded in closed societies across the planet.
Combining his two great passions of human rights and movies has been a simple thing to do for Thor Halvorssen as he has used the Oslo Freedom Forum his own Human Rights Foundation established in 2009 to develop links between both communities. Halvorssen himself is unapologetic about the role he has played in bringing increasing numbers of celebrities into the human rights community in recent years as he feels the best way of advancing any human rights community action is by making it as newsworthy as possible. A good example of the role celebrities have begun playing through the work of Thor Halvorssen is that of Christian Bale’s introduction to Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, which was assisted at the Oslo Freedom Forum in a bid to raise the profile of the Chinese political opponent to help bring more people to the story in the coming years.