Paramount+ will host the world premiere of the nonfiction film — which contains the new Cher song "Walls" — this spring.

By Joey Nolfi
March 24, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
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According to the new teaser for Cher's upcoming documentary, you can now add "saving the life of an endangered elephant" to the singer's legendary list of iconic behaviors.

Paramount+ has announced the streaming debut date for Cher & the Loneliest Elephant, a nonfiction feature that follows Cher as she — alongside animal aid groups and veterinarians — races to Pakistan to help rescue Kaavan, a four-ton, malnourished elephant who spent nearly 20 years in chains within a tiny, dilapidated shed in Islamabad.

Free the Wild elephant documentary
Credit: Smithsonian Channel/Paramount +

The elephant reportedly suffered from health problems, depression, angry psychosis, and obesity following the death of his mate, before Cher launched a global digital campaign to mount the rescue, which involved moving the elephant more than 2,300 miles during the pandemic after the Pakistani high court ordered Kaavan to be released to a Cambodian wildlife sanctuary in May 2020.

"I saw all the people being affected by it all over the world. People want a happy ending. People don't want to see animals suffer. And I know people are suffering too, but this is a story that can brighten their lives," Cher said of the documentary. "I was frightened [to do this], but then I thought, what do you want to do more? You made a promise, and you have to go. I didn't see any other way to do it. I have a saying on my Twitter, 'Stand and be counted or sit and be nothing.' And I wasn't going to sit and be nothing."

As a result of the initiative, Cher also co-founded Free the Wild, which aims to stop cruelty against captive animals, and recorded the new song "Walls" to help raise awareness to the elephant's plight.

Cher & the Loneliest Elephant premieres April 22 on Paramount+ in the United States, followed by a May 19 domestic TV premiere on the Smithsonian Channel. Watch the teaser above.

Free the Wild elephant documentary
Credit: Smithsonian Channel/Paramount +

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