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Juerg Neuenschwander’s 2000 Encounters on the Milky Way documents the experiences of three West African Peul herdsmen who travel to meet their yogurt- and cheese-making counterparts in Switzerland, where this small introduction unfolds into an examination of globalization: Switzerland’s market-oriented dairy industry contrasts sharply with the Peuls’ subsistence-farming way of life, in which the cow is viewed as “a brother” rather than in terms of commercial value, and when the herdsmen return home and relate their experiences to their friends, it’s the Westerners who end up seeming backward. The Swiss and West African men discover that what they do have in common is a respect for both their animals and fellow peoplea rare perspective in our own fast-food nation. The film screens at 7 p.m. at Visions Bar Noir, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. $9. (202) 667-0090. (Matthew Borlik)