In 2004, Thor Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation in a bid to make sure the problems he saw occuring in the world of human rights were being addressed. The Venezuelan born film producer has his own ideas about how best to address the issues facing the world and decided his own foundation was the best way of making sure the focus was firmly placed on those stuck in closed societies who could not escape the grip of tyrants and dictators from around the world.
Halvorssen does not see why every U.S. based human rights foundation must focus their attentions on problems within the borders of America or on U.S. territories and military bases. Instead, Thor Halvorssen has sought out the societies in the world that are causing the most harm to the citizens of individual countries.
Areas of the world that have seen much attention from Halvorssen and his small Human Rights Foundation team include a number of Latin American countries and the well known dictatorship of North Korea. Publicity plays a major role in the work of the Human Rights Foundation, but direct action has been taken in the past that has seen hacking campaigns take place against North Korean officials and various information has been smuggled into the country.
Thor Halvorssen believes education and knowledge is power for those who are looking for the best ways of assisting those stranded in closed societies. Halvorssen has used his position as a film producer to produce inspiring documentaries explaining how the world can be changed by a group of people, among the documentaries Thor Halvorssen has produced are those based on the Hugarian uprising of the 1950s and the use of humor to undermine the Communist regime of the Soviet Union.
The documentary work completed by Thor Halvorssen has been award-winning and allowed the Venezuelan film expert the chance to expand his range into fiction movies with major Hollywood stars. Halvorssen is now working with Bryan Singer on a science fiction movie after completing a science fiction short film before work began on the feature length movie.
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