Review of A Second Knock at the Door

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A Second Knock at the Door is an award-winning documentary that offers a rare glimpse into the lives of military families dealing with the loss of loved ones to friendly fire. Through interviews and investigative reports, this film explores key incidents that forced families of the fallen to embark on individual but integrally linked quests for the truth after the Army attempted to bury the truth within the "fog of war."
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When soldiers are killed in war you might naturally assume that they were killed by the enemy they are defending us against. What if this is not the case? After you watch the new documentary “A Second Knock at the Door” your eyes will be opened to yet another horrific side of war, friendly fire. Friendly fire is the accidental firing toward one’s own in attempting to hit the enemy. Also called blue on blue, friendly fire happens more often than you would think and director Christopher Grimes has set out to make Americans aware of it’s devastating impact in cases were the army has tried to hide the truth under the “fog of war”.

“A Second Knock at the Door” follows the story of three families who were originally given a cause of death for their loved ones only to be told at a later date that friendly fire was the reason. The families of Jesse Buryj, Lee Todacheene, and David Sharrett give us an insight to the lies that the military had told them showing us documents, videos, and witness accounts of the events that took place. The film is a riveting observation to how the military covers up these deaths and how sometimes the truth will never really be known.

When I began to watch this documentary I really had no idea what I was in for. Honestly, I was not familiar with the term “friendly fire” nor did I realize what “A Second Knock at the Door” really meant. It was not until the film began to tell me of the story of Jesse Buryj that I actually realized what they were talking about. When I did my heart sank. I realized that this same thing had happened to my own family. In 1969, my uncle was killed in Vietnam and our family was told that he was killed in an accidental shooting by another American soldier. No more details were ever given and I don’t think the true details of the event were ever brought forth. The film from that point on became very personal for me and I applaud the families for speaking out and seeking the truth.

“A Second Knock at the Door” is a wonderful documentary that should be seen by everyone and not just those who have lost a loved one in war. The film shows us that military mistakes will always happen but hopefully those responsible can admit to their actions and gain forgiveness for the lives that were lost.