Abigael “AJ” Vafiades, 17, is a student of the Colorado Springs Early College Program. AJ was born to a single woman from India who was unable to keep her and was adopted by a Colorado couple soon after birth. In her YDA film, AJ explores closed adoptions through her own experience and those of friends and peers who have been searching for their birth parents. The film, REAL MOM, raises questions about the definition of family and how individuals identify when connections to birth parents are unknown. AJ also loves to dance and has created a hybrid genre of house/Bollywood.