Thor Halvorssen is all things human rights. The man lives, eats and sleeps human rights activism. He has served in a variety of executive positions for groups seeking equality, justice and the protection of human rights. These groups include the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the Children’s Peace Movement and his own Human Rights Foundation. There seems to be no end to his energy when it comes to human rights advocacy.
But his activism spills over into other media. The 40-year-old founder of the Human Rights Foundation has been heavily involved in the film industry. Each one of the films that he has been a part of has advocated for human rights in some form or another.
Take the film Freedom’s Fury, for instance. The film told the story of the popular uprising against the human rights violating Hungarian government in 1956. The film debuted at the Tribeca film Festival and was co-produced by Lucy Liu and Quentin Tarantino. That is quite a lot of star power for a human rights activist to be involved with.
Thor Halvorssen was also involved in a film called Hammer & Tickle. The title of the film is a play on the old Soviet Union flag that included a hammer and sickle. The film explored the revolutionary power of humor under the Communist rule of the Soviet Union. The citizens of Russia used humor as a way to communicate how they really felt about their government. Revolutionaries also used jokes in order to pass on coded messages to each other. It is quite an interesting film and can serve as an educational film for those looking to start their own revolution inside their own countries.
The Singing Revolution is a film that the human rights activist was involved with in Estonia. It chronicled the struggle for Estonia to claim independence from the Soviet Union. Upon its debut in Estonia, it received a 15-minute standing ovation and remains the most popular film in the country.
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