The Multiple Angled Activism of Thor Halvorssen

Not many people can claim the peculiar distinction of being a world renowned political activist as well as a famous Hollywood producer – but Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is just one such person. For those who may not be familiar with the man, Thor Halvorssen is the son of the well known investigative journalist and television mogul Thor Halvorssen Hellum of Venezuelan. After Thor’s father was falsey imprisoned on trumped up charges and his mother shot (though, not fatally) the younger Halvorssen developed a burning desire to help those who lived in closeted and tyrannical countries such as Venezuela. Due his passion he created the now famous Human Rights Foundation which, as the name obviously implies, is a organization dedicated to championing the rights of people the world over, no matter the country and no matter their race, color and creed. The organization’s official public credo is, “To ensure that freedom is both preserved and promoted.”

However, Mr. Halvorssen does not work exclusively within the world of but also produces films, namely, documentaries. His work in the world of documentary film production began in the 2000s when he executive produced several well received documentaries starting with the humorous and insightful, Hammer & Tickle, a historical movie portraying the way which the commoners of the Soviet Union utilized comedy and wit to subtly critic their political masters without their knowledge. However, Thor really shot to notoriety for his film work a year after Hammer & Tickle for the controversial investigative documentary film, Indoctrinate U which detailed how befuddling, frustrating and sometimes, outright dangerous, the ossified intellectual hegemony of American colleges campuses could be. His facebook, Though the film was quite hotly contested for taking aim at what the filmmakers (and by extension, Halvorssen) perceived as a perverted strain of hyper-progressive liberalism, labeling it the primary culprit for the crazed behavior on colleges all across the United States, it still garnered generally positive reviews and helped greatly foster Halvorssen’s reputation both within and outside of the documentary industry here.

Though it is true that the vast majority of his productions have dealt with political issues that is not the only kind of material that he has worked on. Indeed, as of late, Mr. Halvorssen seems to have developed a deep interest in science fiction and is heading up the effort, in conjunction with the X-Men 2 and The Usual Suspects director, Hollywood wunderkin, Bryan Singer for a silver screen adaptation of the 1966 science fiction masterpiece, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

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