When many people hear the name “Thor”, they think of the Marvel superhero. Though that isn’t the correct Thor, ‘superhero’ may not be a far removed from Thor Halvorssen. In fact, The New York Times hailed him as “a champion of the underdog and the powerless.”
Thor founded the Human Rights Foundation, which is based in New York and is dedicated to helping political prisoners find their freedom as well as to promoting political and civil rights all over the world.
This breathtaking foundation may seem like a pipedream to skeptics, but it has already seen the publication of two books aimed to educate people on both the responsibilities of the state as well as their individual rights; provided amicus briefs in high-profile human rights cases internationally; handed over evidence to Truth Commissions; and, perhaps most importantly, saw the freedom of several prisoners of conscience – seven, to be exact.
This film producer and human rights advocate is also the CEO and founder of an annual global gathering, the Oslo Freedom Forum. He is also known for his work with Lucent Technologies, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and Children’s Peace Movement.
Thor has produced and co-produced several films, including 2081, The Sugar Babies, and Indoctrinate U. All of his films aim to raise awareness about social issues, past, present, and future. He has even co-produced films with big names such as Andrew Vajna, Quentin Tarantino, and Lucy Liu (Freedom’s Fury). Many of his films have won awards.
So while Thor Halvorssen may not wear a cape or wield a hammer, he does help to bring injustice to an end, freedom to those wrongfully imprisoned, and rights to all peoples around the world.