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We Americans like to think of ourselves as rugged individualists, but the French-speaking peoples of the world are all about sticking together—so much so, in fact, that they have their own word for it. The term francophonie represents a kind of multiculturalism in which people from dozens of diverse countries and ethnicities are united by the things they have in common—namely, the French language itself, which is predominantly spoken in more than 50 geographic areas. But French isn’t the only thing shared by lonely Tunisian widower Lilia and her curious teenage daughter Salma in Raja Amari’s charming 2002 film Satin Rouge. Suspicious of her daughter’s whereabouts after dark, the quiet and reserved Lilia ends up in a smoke-filled belly-dancing cabaret, first as a wary observer, but ultimately as an enthusiastic dancer herself, shedding a lifetime of inhibitions with each toss of her hips. Keep your eye on the cabaret’s mysterious drummer when Satin Rouge screens as part of “Francophonie 2005: Films From Around the World” at 7 p.m. in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. $13. (202) 357-3030. (Jason Powell)