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The speaker's stated theme is: "Whichever society has a nourishing reservoir of skilled and talented young people with a mystical knowledge of the humand condition and a firm grasp of dramatic narrative, that society will be inhabited by a film industry of singular value. There is no other pathway to the creation of great films and television programs. …" A detailed discussion of this theme includes many remarks about the special relationship between Canada and the United States, and many comparative comments on the film industry in each country. The issue of government intervention. The Toronto Centre for Advanced Film Studies as an answer to government intervention. Building your industry on talent. A discussion and review of "problems" regarding American domination in Canada in the film and television industries. Illustrations of positive U.S. participation in Canada's cultural industries. Encouraging statistics and examples of Canada's achievements.