Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan native who has dedicated his life to film production and human rights activism. He concentrates on pro-democracy advocacy, individual rights, public interest advocacy and public policy. Halvorssen is known for establishing the Human Rights Foundation, Moving Picture Institute, and the Oslo Freedom Forum. As a film producer, he has produced several films such as the Moon is A Harsh Mistress. His films address the issues of slavery, human trafficking and threats to democracy. Another film under his name is the 2081.
Thor Halvorssen holds a degree in political science and history. Thor is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Other than film production and human rights advocacy, Thor is an accomplished lecturer and teaches on the topic of human rights. Among the places that he has lectured include the American Enterprise Institute, the United Nations Associations, the New York City Junto and the Harvard Law School. During his time at the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen has worked with the best human rights activists such as Garry Kasparov, Mart Laar, and Elie Wiesel. Thor has also worked with Vaclav Havel and Vladimir Bukovsky.
Over the years, Thor has received several awards such as the Sol Feinstone Award from the University of Pennsylvania and the Presidential Silver Award from the Romanian President. He was honored for his involvement in the 1989 Romanian Revolution. In the United States, Thor Halvorssen is known to oppose some senior senators such as Jose Serrano and Jack Kemp.