The perception of activists in the human rights community is often of people who are so completely focused on putting right the wrongs in the world that they do not open up to the public about the campaigns they are undertaking. This is not a charge that can be leveled at the founder of the Human Rights Foundation Thor Halvorssen who is always looking for new ways of bringing attention to the problem of human rights; Halvorssen does not class himself as a regular activist, but instead hopes to bring an entirely new generation of people into the activism community in a mainstream way.
Thor Halvorssen is always looking for new ways of bringing success to the area of human rights activism as he seeks new ways of bringing people to the world of activism. Halvorssen himself is not the usual human rights activist as he comes from a long line of government officials in Norway and Venezuela; the history of the Halvorssen family may not lend itself to creating an important human rights activist, but Halvorssen has established a long line of activism success stories stretching from northern Europe, to the U.S. and beyond.
Alongside his work as a human rights activist, Thor Halvorssen also follows his dream of creating movies that both entertain and inform; as a well known Hollywood based film producer Halvorssen has created a series of documentary and fiction movies that have become some of the most popular in the world. The University of Pennsylvania alum has looked to publicize the fight of communities against closed societies in his documentary work, which has featured a number of stories based in the Communist ruled Europe of the mid 20th century.
There have been many areas of his work Thor Halvorssen has become famous for, including his establishment of the Moving Picture Institute. This charitable organization was founded in 2005 to help publicize major issues and change the way these are viewed by members of the public.