Many people who decide to be a filmmaker do so for many different reasons. Some people want to be famous. Others want to tell good stories. Then there are some who want to use film in order to influence the world. Thor Halvorssen is one of those people who want to make films that influence the world and take it in a direction that is more harmonious. One thing that he understands about people and entertainment is that what they see in the media does have a lot of influence on their behavior. Therefore, he is working on ways to bring that influence towards something positive.
Thor Halvorssen is very passionate about human rights. As a matter of fact, he has set up the Human Rights Foundation with the purpose of fighting for the rights of others. He is aware of many different countries that are run a lot differently than the more free countries. There are a lot of underdeveloped countries where people are living in horrific conditions. The dictatorship in those countries often take away the humanity of those that are suffering. What is even sadder is that a lot of people are born into this. Therefore, they have no idea that there is a better life.
Given his connections and involvement in the film industry, he has celebrities that are involved in the fight for human rights. Thor himself travels to different countries that are in violation of human rights. He works as an activist with the intention of getting rid of authoritarian rule. He has also shown that he is willing to sacrifice his life in order to make a difference. He understands that any forms of punishment he takes is nothing compared to what the people in these countries go through on a daily basis.