UPDATE: September 12, 2016
Thor Halvorssen’s production of The Clown has begun filming in Georiga, where most of the film is said to take place. Plans are to film through October. Stay tuned for updates as they come in.
Thor Halvorssen comes from a long line of human rights activities that believe that individual liberty is the basis for all discussions. His father was tortured in a Caracas prison after exposing the government’s corruption while he was working as a drug czar. Thor’s mother was shot during an anti-Higo Chavez demonstration. Unlike his family, Thor does not spend his time acting like a stereotypical activist. Instead, he loves people and strives to make the world a better place. Thor Halvorssen is not your average do-gooder.
Thor has been known to reject the conservative label and thinks of himself as being more of a classical liberal. This is shown by his firm stand against dictators and tyranny. He is the president of the New York Based Human Rights Foundation (HRF), which he founded back in 2005. He has been able to put together a small staff of 12. This team strives to shine a light on authoritarianism that occurs in every corner of the world.
Thor Halvorssen got his start as a human right advocate at a young age. The first stand he made was in 1989 in London, to show opposition to the South African apartheid. After his mother was shot at a political protest in late 2004, he chose to start the Human Rights Foundation. This foundation is focused on freeing political prisoners, promoting tolerance, and democracy in Latin America. All of the work that is done by HRF is founded on the ideals of the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Over the years HRF has been able to secure the release of seven prisoners. It has also been able to publish two books on individual rights and the responsibilities of the state.
Thor is also the founder and CEO of the Oslo Freedom Forum. This forum is an annual global gathering of human right activists, that is quickly on its way to being the equivalent of the Davos economic forum. He also has a passion for creating and producing films. One of his latest works includes the film adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’.