The Sturgeon Queens is a documentary that’s one hundred years and four generations later. Russ & Daughters continues to provide smoked sturgeons, whitefish and lox to many customers. Russ & Daughters opened in 1914. It is located at 179 East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City. A family-operated store, it has been at the same location since 1914. One hundred year-old Hattie Russ Gold and her sister 92-year-old Anne Russ Federman have life stories of there Jewish immigrant experience. There hard work, humor, romance, and a little tsuris goes along way.
Hattie and Anne are the stars of The Sturgeon Queens
Hattie and Anne are the two surviving daughters from the famed lox and herring emporium Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side.
This documentary timed to coincide with the store’s centennial in 2014 traces four generations of Russ family history. This is from the patriarch Joel Russ, who immigrated to the US from Austria-Hungary. This is Joel’s great grandchildren Josh Russ Tupper and Niki Russ Federman now in their 30s, run the store today. Niki’s father Mark Russ Federman, who ran the store from the 1970s until 2008 adds insights from his years researching Russ family history.
The Sturgeon Queens also features Herman Vargas, aka The Artistic Slicer!
This is a longtime Russ & Daughters employee, now manager, who represents the new wave of immigrants behind the R & D counter.
My kind of Jewish Documentary Food!
This movie evokes the parts of Judaism that I love and revere. The Jewish food the harrowing escape from pogroms in Eastern Europe, the humor. You can taste the lox, the herring, the whitefish, right through the TV screen.
This fantastic movie is going to premiered at The 22nd Annual East Bay International Jewish Film Festival in Pleasant Hill, Ca and underwritten by Jonathan Winchell from FilmBlogsAreUs.