Born Into Oppression
Thor Halvorssen has spent much of his life dealing with oppression. In fact, his home country of Venezuela is well known for the numerous controversies surround it’s government. In fact, his father, Thor Halvorssen Hellum, was actually arrested for his efforts to investigate the Venezuelan government. Halvorssen was spared some of these injustices by virtue of his citizenship in America, but he still remains deeply concerned with the issues of the country he was born in.
Fighting For Others
An important aspect of his career is fighting for the rights of others who have been disenfranchised by dictatorships. He goes across the world looking for specific cases and he tries to highlight those cases. For example, Halvorssen once did a documentary about the suppression of Buddhism in Vietnam. During the filming he decided to interview a Buddhist priest who’s sect had been censored by the Vietnamese government. During the shooting he was in fact arrested by the Vietnamese government for his efforts. In order to secure his release from prison he actually had to convince the authorities that he was simply converting to Buddhism.
Danger such as the arrest he experienced in Vietnam are simply a part of ihs job. Dictators do not like activists who try to speak out against them and they typically employ the most cutthroat tactics in order to prevent would be freedom fighters from standing up to them. Thor Halvorssen understands this well enough but he chooses to fight against tyranny regardless. His job is a necessary one and some must put forth an effort to protect human rights
The Movies He Produces
Beyond the direct efforts Halvorssen makes to fight against dictators he has also established a very prominent film career. Throughout the years he has produced both documentaries and fictionalized stories discussing a number of topics. Sometimes he is discussing actual governments, but other times he portrays fictional worlds. Regardless of what he is discussing he always manages to entertain audiences and deliver thought provoking content through the art of cinema.