nextus – learning by documentaries

An educational project by three european documentary film festivals

Kick off the platform nextus, at the municipal Anita-Augspurg Berufsoberschule in Munich


Understanding the history of Europe with documentaries

Europe in moving images. Under the working title Learning by Docs Europe, the educational programme of DOK.fest München,, is launching a new learning experience in cooperation with DocsBarcelona: in a selected programme of documentaries, implemented on the digital learning platform nextus, young people experience european realities of the 20th century. Together with two other european festivals we thus support education about film and european history in the classroom across national borders.

Fiction films and documentaries are already being used in class. The focus is on conveying information about historical facts though in most cases. In an extensive selection process our team of history teachers and film experts has chosen 25 artistically narrated documentaries that stand out from well-known documentary formats due to their unique narrative form: Films that bring personal stories behind the facts to life and leave hardly any student untouched.

Learn more about nextus, the selected documentaries for your classroom and become one of our partner schools to test and develop nextus with us!


Documentaries for the classroom

nextus is an offer for teachers and students of all secondary schools. Our documentaries are suitable for teaching German, social studies, history and foreign languages. Read more


Teacher training: working with nextus in the classroom

In individual trainings at our partner schools, we introduce all interested teachers to working with the platform in the classroom. Read more


nextus – building new realities

Here you go directly to the digital film educational platform nextus, where you can register as a new school or with your existing account. Read more



Are you interested in participating in the development of the digital film education platform? In addition to the ten schools that are testing our platform this school year, we are still looking for interested secondary schools throughout Germany that would like to use and develop the platform.
Please feel free to contact us.

Project coordination: Kathi Seemann,, educational program of the International Documentary Film Festival Munich e.V.


Cooperation partners and sponsors

Learning By Docs Europe / nextus is a collaborative project initiated by DocsBarcelona, with Thessaloniki International Film Festival and, the educational program of DOK.fest München. Since January 2021, the Catalan pilot model Learning By Docs Europe has been running in 10 schools in Catalonia. Based on the experience gained there, the cooperating partners are launching the multilingual platform nextus for the school year 2021/22. The European education project is funded by MEDIA - Creative Europe.


Feel free to also explore our European festival network Doc Around Europe, initiated as part of the internationalisation of the International Documentary Film Festival Munich.



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