The mass media plays an important role in the work of Thor Halvorssen, the human rights activist who founded both the Oslo Freedom Forum and Human Rights Foundation. Read more: Thor Halvorssen | Facebook
In his regular life Halvorssen has made his name as a respected film producer in both the fiction and non-fiction arenas, and has always looked to bring the lessons he learned as a film producer to the human rights community. In establishing the Oslo Freedom Forum Halvorssen admits drawing inspiration from his favorite films, including scenes from “The Shawshank Redemption“.
The success of Thor Halvorssen has seen him become a go to person for human rights activists who have been in hiding or on the run from government officials around the world. In bringing together activists and political prisoners at the Oslo Freedom Forum the chance to learn from first hand experiences has become an important aspect of the discussion event, which Thor Halvorssen believes can teach the activism community more than any amount of time spent with highly educated lawyers and officials. Learn more about Thor Halvorssen: http://www.theatlantic.com/author/thor-halvorssen/
Alongside bringing higher levels of education to the human rights activism community Thor Halvorssen has also looked to bring the attention of the world’s children to human rights abuses through his work with The Children’s Peace Movement; the group links children from Northern Europe with their counterparts in war torn areas of the world.
In recent years the success of Thor Halvorssen has seen him become an ever more prominent figure in the Hollywood film industry where his work has expanded from documentary productions to science fiction movies.
According to Crunchbase, Thor Halvorssen initially found success as a producer of “Freedom’s Fury”, a documentary detailing the successful Hungarian uprising of 1956 against a socialist dictatorship.
The fight against oppression and socialist tyranny has been a major aspect of the film work of Halvorssen as he has helped create numerous documentaries detailing the work of those opposing the Soviet tyranny of the mid 20th century.