Born in Cherbourg, Clémence Hébert studied directing at INSAS. Her first film, Le bateau du père (Cinéma du réel, 2010), is an autobiographical quest in her native town. She then undertook training in anthropology in order to understand issues related to mental health. An immersion in several psychiatric institutions led to the making of two short films, La porte ouverte and Drôle de pays (2014), preparatory to a feature film about a young boy she met in one of these institutions, Kev (Visions du Réel 2018, IFFR 2019). Today, her interest in the anthropology of science leads her to different research around astrobiology.