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Filmmakers often visit exotic locales, boost the economy for a few months, exploit the landscape, and then exit, showing little regard for the people left behind. But nonprofiteers New Scene, along with C.P.Tyme Film Factory, are doing one better with Niafest ’96. Proceeds from this all-day arts jam will go to benefit the children of Duncan’s and Clarkstown, Jamaica, where part of the acclaimed film Sankofa was shot. Haile Gerima, Sankofa’s director, will give the keynote address. But the real star of this event will be the dozens of musicians and performance poets livelying things up with reggae, jazz, African drums, and other funky rhythms to get you open. From 3-9 p.m. at Kaffa House, 1212 U St. NW. $12. (202) 462-1212. (Holly Bass)