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Thor Leonardo Halvorssen the Film Maker

Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza was born on March 9, 1976, is a Venezuelan who is mostly known as a human rights activist with interests in the fields of public policy, individual rights, public interest advocacy, civil liberties as well as pro-democracy advocacy. Halvorssen’s opinions have featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Nation, National Journal and Time magazine. He has also appeared on television stations such as al-Jazeera, Fox News Channel’s, BBC, Hannity &Colmes, MSNBC, CNN, and HBO. Halvorssen was a speaker at prestigious TEDx at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Halvorssen’s work has been celebrated by The New York Times. On top of these, some may not know that Halvorssen is an accomplished movie maker.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

The Hollywood Reporter says that Halvorssen is currently producing the movie adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s fiction novel, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”. Halvorssen also co-produced the film “Freedom’s Fury” where Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino, and Andrew Vajna were the executive producers. The movie which relates the story of the popular rebellion against dictatorship which occurred in Hungary in 1956 premiered at the coveted Tribeca Film Festival.

Hammer & Tickle

Halvorssen is the executive producer of Hammer & Tickle, a movie about the power of ridicule, humor and satire as the ultimate language of truth under the infamous Soviet tyranny. This film premiered at the Tribeca in 2006. It featured Lech Wałęsa, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and Roy Medvedev. It won the Best New Documentary Film award at the Zurich Film Festival.

The Singing Revolution

Halvorssen is the producer of the film “The Singing Revolution,” a movie about Estonia’s peaceful fight for political independence from Soviet dominance. The film premiered in 2006 at the Black Nights Film Festival where it received a quarter-hour standing ovation. Henceforth, it has become the most successful documentary in the history of Estonian box-office.

The Sugar Babies

Halvorssen produced “The Sugar Babies”, a movie about human trafficking happening in the Dominican Republic and the plight of the migrant farm workers. The film premiered at Florida International University.

2081

Halvorssen is listed as the sole producer of 2081, the movie adaptation of author Kurt Vonnegut’s story “Harrison Bergeron.” It is a dystopian movie about the future in which a dictatorial government arrests, imprisons and tortures those who differ with its policy of enforced sterilization as well as enforced handicapping. The movie premiered at the Seattle Film Festival. It stars the Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson, James Cosmo, Julie Hagerty and Armie Hammer

 

Thor Halvorsen: The Human Rights Activist

From that moment when his encrypted Wickr, texts, and emails messages started flooding in his inboxes, it meant that Thor Halvorsen is not like any other clock-punching person. The 39-year-old Thor Halvorsen is the leader of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation founded in 2005. The Half-Venezuelan, Half-Norwegian is an English speaker based in New York. He was born in Caracas. He is a descendant of a Kingship family in Norway and Venezuela. His father was born in Norway in the Kings counsel during World War II. When the German merchant was after killing then in Norway, he diverted the ship and headed the Venezuelan ports and learn more about Thor.

His mother also descends from Christobel Mendoza who was the first president of Venezuela. For Thor, individual rights and human rights is not an option. For him, human rights should be discussed in any round table where people talk about critical matters concerning society. Resume his, He has a theoretical knowledge of this subject. When he exposed the corruption of the Venezuelan government, his father was tortured in prison. When demonstrating about the Anti-Hugo in Venezuela, his mother was shot in the leg. Leopoldo Lopez, his first cousin, is currently in a political prison after perpetuating a challenge against the government. Thor spends much of his time thinking alongside sad-sack activists, unlike many human rights rackets. He keeps his mouth from uttering disorienting words.

According to Thor, his love for the people means he can lay don his life for them. He loves the defectors and dissidents most. He loves those who expose the trouble in states and government oppression. The whistle blowers are among his best friends. Thor appointed Havel Vaclav to serve as the president and chairman if the Human Rights Foundation until 2011 when he died. This was not a formal title. He replaced his seat with Guru Kasparov. Kasparov is a Russian freedom fighter and human rights activist. While protesting the guilty verdict of Pussy Riot, he was repeatedly punched and carried out by the Russian police. For the course of his actions, Thor himself has been beaten blue-and-black. He had himself assaulted at a Buddhist Church in 2010 and more information click here.

Thor and His Contributions to Human Rights

Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist and a film producer from Venezuela. Halvorssen has made significant contributions in public interest advocacy, and individual rights. Halvorssen established the Oslo Freedom Initiative, a human rights festival convened annually. The Economist , on one occasion stated that the Oslo Freedom Forum is the equivalent of the Davos Economic Forum. Thor is also the president of an organization dedicated to human rights and justice, the Human Rights Foundation.

Thor Halvorssen’s interest in human rights started in 1989, while he was still an adolescent living in London. While here, he organized opposition to the apartheid system in South Africa. He ventured fully into promoting individual rights and due process after his father was held in Venezuela as a political prisoner. He established the Human Rights Foundation when his mother got shot in a political protest in New York, in 2004. HRF has dedicated itself to promoting democracy and liberating political prisoners in Latin America. So far, HRF has been able to influence the release of seven prisoners of conscience, been involved in international cases on human rights by providing amicus briefs, and has published two editions on human rights issues.

Political Involvement
Halvorssen has repeatedly advocated and lobbied for the release of Lui Xiaobo, a political prisoner. Halvorssen has also shown his support for Rebiya Kadeer, a Chinese Uyghur leader, and has been opposed to travel bans imposed on Kadeer by the Tawainese government. Halvorssen is a critic of Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s president for his efforts to sentence homosexuals to the death penalty. Halvorssen has constantly criticized Hugo Chavez, and has been opposed to Venezuela’s anti Semitism and anti-democracy in Latin America.

Film Production
Halvorssen is currently in the process of producing a film that is an adaptation of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein. Halvorssen assisted in the production of the film, Freedom’s Fury, also produced by Quentin Tarantino, Andrew Vajna, and Lucy Liu. The film narrates the story of the 1956 uprising against dictatorship in Hungary. Halvorssen also produced a film called Hammer & Tickle. The film is about how humor, satire, and ridicule were used in the Soviet Regime to resist the system during a time when free speech was prohibited.

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